extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \ ik-ˈstre-mə-tē \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of extremity

plural extremities
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 Rev.
b : the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4 : a drastic or desperate act or measure
  • driven to extremities

Examples of extremity in a Sentence

  1. The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine.

  2. made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity

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First Known Use of extremity

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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EXTREMITY Defined for English Language Learners

extremity

Definition of extremity for English Language Learners

  • : a hand or foot

  • : the farthest limit, point, or part of something

  • : a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)


EXTREMITY Defined for Kids

extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \ ik-ˈstrem-ə-tē \

Definition of extremity for Students

plural extremities
1 : the farthest limit, point, or part
  • the extremity of the island
2 : an end part (as a foot) of a limb of the body
3 : an extreme degree (as of emotion)

Medical Dictionary

extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \ ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē \

medical Definition of extremity

plural extremities
1 : the farthest or most remote part, section, or point
2 : a limb of the body; especially : a human hand or foot


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