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Synonyms for defect
ˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; dɪˈfɛkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defect(noun)

    an imperfection in a bodily system

    "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

    Synonyms:
    shortcoming, mar, fault, blemish, flaw

  2. defect, shortcoming(noun)

    a failing or deficiency

    "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"

    Synonyms:
    shortcoming, mar, fault, blemish, flaw

  3. defect, fault, flaw(noun)

    an imperfection in an object or machine

    "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

    Synonyms:
    blemish, mar, shift, faulting, mistake, fault, demerit, shortcoming, break, flaw, fracture, geological fault, error

  4. blemish, defect, mar(verb)

    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

    "a facial blemish"

    Synonyms:
    blemish, mar, flaw, fault, shortcoming

  5. defect, desert(verb)

    desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"

    Synonyms:
    desert, forsake, desolate, abandon

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defect

    Whatever mars the beauty or completeness of an object is a blemish, whether original, as squinting eyes, or the result of accident or disease, etc., as the pits of smallpox. A blemish is superficial; a flaw or taint is in structure or substance. In the moral sense, we speak of a blot or stain upon reputation; a flaw or taint in character. A defect is the want or lack of something; fault, primarily a failing, is something that fails of an apparent intent or disappoints a natural expectation; thus a sudden dislocation or displacement of geological strata is called a fault. Figuratively, a blemish comes from one's own ill-doing; a brand or stigma is inflicted by others; as, the brand of infamy.

    Synonyms:
    blemish, blot, blur, brand, crack, daub, defacement, deformity, dent, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, fault, flaw, imperfection, injury, reproach, smirch, soil, speck, spot, stain, stigma, taint, tarnish

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defect

    Synonyms:
    shortcoming, omission, fault, imperfection, flaw, blemish, want

    Antonyms:
    supply, sufficiency, emendation, compensation, virtue, ornament, complement

Editors Contribution

  1. gremlin

    a gremlin is an aircraft term for some mysterious kink in the proper workings of onboard systems, a systems "manufacturer's defect" or danger point

    the ailerons deployed opposite one another causing a near fatal spin

    Submitted by rinat on August 26, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defect(n.)

    Synonyms:
    deficiency

  2. defect(n.)

    Synonyms:
    imperfection, blemish, flaw

  3. defect(n.)

    Synonyms:
    fault, failing, foible

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defect(n)

    Synonyms:
    blemish, flaw, imperfection, foible, failing, shortcoming, infirmity

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How to use defect in a sentence?

  1. Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness:

    The man who suffers from a sense of sin is suffering from a particular kind of self-love. In all this vast universe the thing that appears to him of most importance is that he himself should be virtuous. It is a grave defect in certain forms of traditional religion that they have encouraged this particular kind of self-absorption.

  2. Thomas Fuller:

    Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.

  3. Aristotle:

    The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain.

  4. Anita Loos:

    There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.

  5. John Calvin:

    . . . I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.


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