What does the word delinquency mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Ella Wheeler Wilcox