moral weakness

See: foible
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But time began at last to obliterate the freshness of my alarm; the praises of conscience began to grow into a thing of course; I began to be tortured with throes and longings, as of Hyde struggling after freedom; and at last, in an hour of moral weakness, I once again compounded and swallowed the transforming draught.
It is seen as a social problem resulting from moral weakness.
But in the beginning, our nation condemned drunks for moral weakness.
Whereas the "noble heart" can emerge victorious in the writings of, for example, Balzac and Dickens, it is difficult to find such hearts in Flaubert's novels where frequently the characters suffer from "blatant moral weakness.
Manal Al Tamimi, a member of Al Nabi Saleh Popular Committee who is in charge of the Foreign Affairs Department at the committee, said that the published video clearly shows the moral weakness of the Israeli army.
The forces that impact Indigenous Peoples are often expressed in personal difficulties, spiritual or moral weakness, addictions, sickness and despair.
In these sturdier times, even the use of an A-Z was seen as a sign of moral weakness and lack of character.
Democratic support for corrupt politicians is portent only of the moral weakness of a society.
Then, the partner gives Stevens an out to withdraw because of "personal considerations," but uses a tone of voice that hinted at "an admission of some lamentable moral weakness.
Chen argues successfully that because of modern nationalism and the emergence of sociology as a field of inquiry, a consensus emerged within elite Chinese circles--whether warlords, Nationalists or Communists, intellectuals, bureaucrats or reporters, or even the Western officials lording over Shanghai--that being a nonworking poor person was a choice born of native moral weakness.
It's not due to moral weakness or character flaws, but real susceptibilities, for which we can find real physical evidence," he said.