extremity

noun
ex·trem·i·ty | \ik-ˈstre-mə-tē \
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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The condition causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves, and begins with weakness and tingling in the extremities, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Arizona College Student Paralyzed During Spain Vacation Opens Up About Her 'Living Nightmare'," 6 July 2018 The medical examiner also determined that Matthew died from multiple stab wounds to the head, torso and extremities. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Married Couple Killed in Home Invasion with Son Fatally Stabbed 40-Plus Times as He Tried to Flee," 15 May 2018 Police said they were shot in the lower extremities. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Police investigating double shooting in Winton Hills," 11 July 2018 Amnesty, which may seem radical, is a proposal to match the extremity of the situation. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 The extremities of views of each person on Trump’s list vary heavily, but the commonality is that each would almost certainly be detrimental to reproductive and LGBTQ rights. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Donald Trump Says He’s Considering Two Women for Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 But Shiva, in this quiet, thoughtful film, has given us a gift in laying bare the extremity of their transition. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In This Is Home, a Glimpse at the Reality of Life as a Resettled Refugee in the U.S.," 22 June 2018 Paralysis begins in the legs, then spreads to the upper extremities. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Young Mississippi girl's sudden paralysis caused by a tick on her scalp," 12 June 2018 Paralysis begins in the legs, then spreads to the upper extremities. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Young Mississippi girl's sudden paralysis caused by a tick on her scalp," 12 June 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

: 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 \
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 \
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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