extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstre-mə-tē How to pronounce extremity (audio) \
plural extremities

Definition of extremity

1a : 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
2a : extreme danger or critical need
b : a moment marked by imminent destruction or death
3a : an intense degree the extremity of his participationSaturday Rev.
b : the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4 : a drastic or desperate act or measure driven to extremities

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Examples of extremity in a Sentence

The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine. made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity

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First among those is the habit of seeing Derry not as a remote extremity of Northern Ireland, but as a hub of the whole island’s north-west. The Economist, "Brexit or not, Derry will think in all-island terms," 10 Aug. 2019 And there are, FitzGerald observes, additional counter-weights that pull states back from the extremities of offshore bordering. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 Some used pool toys as shields while others had wrapped their extremities in cellophane to protect their skin from tear gas. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 Her extremities are frozen numb even as her exertions and wool sweater send a trickle of sweat between her breasts. Barry Pearce, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Grand Prize Winner: Chez Whatever," 20 July 2019 Even the episode involving matricide — at the extremity of possible wrongdoing — was not clear-cut. BostonGlobe.com, "What leads Harvard to rescind admission?," 18 June 2019 Even the episode involving matricide – at the extremity of possible wrongdoing – was not clear-cut. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "What leads Harvard to rescind admission? Racism, plagiarism – and killing your mom.," 18 June 2019 Police found the child, a boy about 8 years old, who was shot in the lower extremities. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Child shot and wounded in South L.A.," 17 July 2019 And so, in place of the extremities of the heartbreaking finale of Toy Story 3, this fourth entry gives us a more tender and bittersweet farewell. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Says Goodbye (Again)," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of extremity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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extremity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extremity

: a hand or foot
: the farthest limit, point, or part of something
formal : a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)

extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstrem-ə-tē How to pronounce extremity (audio) \
plural extremities

Kids Definition of extremity

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)

extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē How to pronounce extremity (audio) \
plural extremities

Medical Definition of extremity

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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