great, major, serious (esp. BrE), worst

Vanity is her worst failing.

common, human

the very human failing of wanting to tell other people what to do


an official report into intelligence failings


We all have our failings.

expose, highlight, identify

The investigation exposed huge failings in the system of medicines regulation.

acknowledge, recognize

The committee is being urged to address failings in the law.

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