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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unfulfilled or frustrated in the realization of one's ambitions or capabilities: an artist manqué; a writer manqué.

Etymologies

French, from past participle of manquer, to fail, from Old French, from Old Italian mancare, from manco, lacking, from Latin mancus, maimed, infirm; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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