Does the word "Shortcoming" mean the same thing as "Defect of Character"?
They're synonyms. It's poor practice to repeat the same word over and over. A better practice is to avoid repeating the same word and phrase over and over.
"Shortcoming" vs. "Defect of Character" Shortcoming defined: A defect or failure in somebody’s character A deficiency; a flaw. Character Defined: The set of qualities that make somebody or something distinctive, especially somebody's qualities of mind and feeling. Somebody’s public reputation.
The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. See Synonyms at disposition.
A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, group, or category. Defect defined: A flaw - a failing, blemish, or flaw, especially one that still allows the affected thing to function, however imperfectly.
A personal flaw - a personal failing, weakness, or shortcoming, especially in character. An imperfection - something that makes a person or thing less than perfect. The lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection; a deficiency: a visual defect. An imperfection that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming.