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Meaning of extremity by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English extremite, from Old French extremite, from Latin extremitas ( “the extremity or end” ), from extremis ( “furthest, extreme” ); see extreme .


    • enPR: ĭkstrĕ'mĭtē, IPA: /ɪkˈstrɛmɪti/, X-SAMPA: /Ik"strEmIti/


    extremity ( plural: extremities )

    1. The most extreme or furthest point of something .
    2. An extreme measure .
    3. A hand or foot .
      Guillian-Barré syndrome causes one to not be able to move one's extremities .


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    • extremity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • extremity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of extremity by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an external body part that projects from the body

    2. it is important to keep the extremities warm
    3. that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso

    4. the outermost or farthest region or point

    5. the greatest or utmost degree

    6. the extremity of despair
    7. an extreme condition or state ( especially of adversity or disease )

    Definition of extremity by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Extremity n.; pl. Extremities [L. extremitas: cf. F. extrémité.]
      1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, “the extremities of a country”.

      They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of Ethiopia. Arbuthnot.

      2. ( Zoöl. ) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.

      3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form. “The extremity of bodily pain.” Ray.

      4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.

      Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a compulsion shall here be set in view. Milton.

      Upon mere extremity he summoned this last Parliament. Milton.

      Syn. -- Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.