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

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
Recent Examples on the Web And much like the heel is the extremity of the body, ekev can also refer to the redemptive period that will come at the end of days (ikveta d’meshicha). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2022 As the room darkens beneath the clouds, her grin anticipates the collision between the storm and her shelter, giving away her comfort with wilderness extremity. Noah Davis, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 An upper extremity was found on the banks of the Ohio River river near 16th Street and Northwestern Parkway on March 14, 2022. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2022 As the fight transitions from day to night, Steel’s camerawork highlights the extremity of the fight Haft puts on — literally and physically. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 6 June 2022 The extremity of Middle East politics seems to have taken root, with new force and ferocity, on some campuses — and their many social media extensions. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 For example, a big struggle for single upper extremity amputees and disabilities is creating enough tension between their hair and their hand or tool to shape it into a style. Chloe Valentine Toscano, Allure, 4 Aug. 2022 New York City proved to be Wolff’s mecca for studying professional musicians with upper extremity pain — particularly violinists, violists, pianists, keyboard players and guitarists. Susan Wagner, NBC News, 5 July 2022 Still, the idea of documenting extremity in nature appealed to him. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extremity

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

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“Extremity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremity. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for extremity


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)


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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