frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē How to pronounce frailty (audio) \
plural frailties

Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being frail the frailty of her health the frailty and disability in the elderly
2 : a fault due to weakness especially of moral character Satire … often employs irony and sarcasm to denounce the frailties and faults of mankind.— Harry Shaw

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fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit. a writer of many virtues and few faults failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character. being late is a failing of mine frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation. human frailties foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy. an eccentric's charming foibles vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others. compulsive gambling was his vice

Examples of frailty in a Sentence

the frailty of her voice We can no longer be surprised by the frailties of our political leaders.
Recent Examples on the Web Defensive frailties and poor away form have plagued the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era, laid bare by the latest deflating statistic to emerge from the Bournemouth defeat., "Manchester United's Away Woe Continues as Red Devils Equal Unwanted Record," 3 Nov. 2019 Good therapy, spiritual guidance if appropriate, and a good hard stare-down with your frailties. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Cheating husband just wants to say he’s sorry, wife doesn’t want to hear it," 26 Sep. 2019 Such incidents have increased in recent years, underlining the potential for escalation when the understanding between the government and the NSCN-IM leadership shows signs of frailty. Alex Waterman, Quartz India, "Revoking Kashmir’s autonomy may derail efforts to end insurgency in India’s northeast," 17 Sep. 2019 Both composers have a strong sense the environment, the necessity for love and an understanding of the frailty of mortals (and, in Wagner’s case, gods). Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019 Bigger picture, this is another reminder of the frailty of Woods’s physical condition. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Withdraws From Northern Trust With Mild Oblique Strain," 9 Aug. 2019 Arsenal's defensive frailties were again on show for Tottenham's first goal, as Sokratis was beaten far too easily in the air by Kane. Matias Grez, CNN, "Arsenal comes from two goals down to earn draw against Tottenham," 1 Sep. 2019 Then there was the question of my ability to portray the requisite degree of frailty. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Here’s how to break an awkward silence on the way up or down.," 8 Sep. 2019 Frontline mistakes and hesitations are easily forgotten with one flash of skill, while frailties at the back remain ingrained in the mind long after six vital covering headers have been executed., "Fikayo Tomori: The Other Academy Graduate Thriving at Frank Lampard's Chelsea," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of frailty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frailty

Middle English frelete, freelte, borrowed from Anglo-French freleté, going back to Latin fragilitāt-, fragilitās, from fragilis "liable to break, weak, fragile" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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18 Nov 2019

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“Frailty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of frailty

: physical weakness : the quality or state of being frail
: weakness of character that causes a person to do things that are morally wrong


frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē How to pronounce frailty (audio) \
plural frailties

Kids Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being weak the old man's frailty
2 : a weakness of character human frailty

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