Extremity
Extremity Ex*trem"i*ty, n.; pl. {Extremities}. [L. extremitas: cf. F. extr['e]mit['e].] 1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country. [1913 Webster]

They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of Ethiopia. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man. [1913 Webster]

3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form. ``The extremity of bodily pain.'' --Ray. [1913 Webster]

4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity. [1913 Webster]

Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a compulsion shall here be set in view. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Upon mere extremity he summoned this last Parliament. --Milton.

Syn: Verge; border; extreme; end; termination. [1913 Webster]


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  • extremity — *extreme Analogous words: *limit, bound, end, confine, term …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extremity — ► NOUN (pl. extremities) 1) the furthest point or limit. 2) (extremities) the hands and feet. 3) severity or seriousness. 4) extreme adversity …   English terms dictionary

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