noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. a. the farthest or most remote part, section, or point <
the island's westernmost extremity
b. a limb of the body; especially a human hand or foot 2. a. extreme danger or critical need b. a moment marked by imminent destruction or death 3. a. an intense degree <
the extremity of his participation — Saturday Review
b. the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain) 4. a drastic or desperate act or measure <
driven to extremities

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • extremity — I (death) noun cessation of being, cessation of existence, cessation of life, dose, completion, conclusion, demise, departure, discontinuance, discontinuation, dissolution, end, end of life, expiration, extinction, extinguishment, finish, passing …   Law dictionary

  • extremity — late 14c., from O.Fr. estremite (13c.), from L. extremitatem (nom. extremitas) the end of a thing, from extremus; see EXTREME (Cf. extreme), the etymological sense of which is better preserved in this word …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • extremity — [ek strem′ə tē, ikstrem′ə tē] n. pl. extremities [ME & OFr extremite < L extremitas < extremus: see EXTREME] 1. the outermost or utmost point or part; end 2. the greatest degree 3. a state of extreme necessity, danger, etc. 4. Archaic the… …   English World dictionary

  • extremity — [[t]ɪkstre̱mɪti[/t]] extremities 1) N COUNT: with supp The extremity of something is its furthest end or edge. [FORMAL] ...a small port on the north western extremity of the Iberian peninsula. ...the extremities of the aeroplane. 2) N PLURAL: oft …   English dictionary

  • extremity — UK [ɪkˈstremətɪ] / US noun Word forms extremity : singular extremity plural extremities formal 1) a) [countable, usually plural] a part of your body that is furthest from the main part, for example a finger or toe b) [countable] a part of… …   English dictionary

  • extremity — /ik strem i tee/, n., pl. extremities. 1. the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something. 2. a limb of the body. 3. Usually, extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot: to experience cold in one s extremities. 4. Often,… …   Universalium

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