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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According to police, the man was hit more than once, in his lower extremities. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "4-year-old boy and man both shot in Northeast Washington," 30 Apr. 2018 Utilize your most important extremity for your next selfie. Seventeen, "The 13 Types of Selfies That Are All Over Instagram," 11 Jan. 2019 Over time, your extremities go numb, which indicates the beginning of frostbite. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 2018 Interrogators utilized electric shocks on victims drilled nails into their hands and doused their extremities in alcohol before setting them on fire. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "An old CIA memo provides rare proof of abuses by Brazil’s dictatorship," 21 May 2018 But really, any imbalance in muscles of the lower extremity—quads, hamstrings, hip adductors, calves—can impact how your knees feel. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Great Lower-Body Exercises for People With Knee Pain," 5 Oct. 2018 The extremity of this, Cruz thinks, is widely misunderstood. Gaby Wood, Marie Claire, "Penélope Cruz Isn't Scared to Look Back," 4 Jan. 2019 Some stimulants can make your hands and feet feel cold due to poor circulation in the extremities, says Dr. Danoff. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Cold?," 16 Oct. 2018 Riding’s effect on Graves was violently transformative, and the extremity of their story energizes Ms. Moorcroft Wilson’s typically matter-of-fact style. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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