Part of speech: noun

The fact of being delinquent; neglect; fault.

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Usage examples "delinquency":

  1. If she was quite exasperated with the stupidity of Yakub, the dvornik, she pretended to curse him in a phrase of her own invention, a mixture of Hebrew and Russian, which, translated, said, " Mayst thou have gold and silver in thy bosom"; but to the choreman, who was not a linguist, the mongrel phrase conveyed a sense of his delinquency. - "The Promised Land", Mary Antin.
  2. Two valuable publications of this Bureau are: Bureau Publication No. 32, " Juvenile Delinquency in Rural New York." - "Community Civics and Rural Life", Arthur W. Dunn.
  3. But so far as you yourself are concerned, do not stop to excuse any delinquency or half- heartedness or defeat by the plea of circumstance or environment. - "The Heart of the New Thought", Ella Wheeler Wilcox.