- the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
- a limb of the body.
- Usually extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot: to experience cold in one's extremities.
- Often extremities. a condition or circumstance of extreme need, distress, etc.: to suffer the extremities of being poor.
- the utmost or any extreme degree: the extremity of joy.
- an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.: to go to any extremity to feed the children.
- extreme nature or character: the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
- Archaic. a person's last moment before death.
Origin of extremity
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Examples from the Web for extremity
“A lot of extremity you see in YA is merely attempting to capture the intensity” of being a teen, Lorentz says.The War Inside: Terrorism & Teenhood in ‘No Dawn Without Darkness’
August 3, 2014
“It is not implausible that a greater proportion of torso and extremity fat may protect against injury,” the report said.Why Are We Fat? Let's Blame Cars
April 3, 2013
To do so missing an extremity is astonishing—and an inspiration.George W. Bush Leads Wounded Warriors Ride
April 29, 2011
Mary's usual quickness was not lacking even now, in this period of extremity.Within the Law
Thus driven to extremity, the Melians surrendered at discretion.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
At this moment a rumour was heard at the extremity of the long hall.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Perhaps a man never sees so much at a glance as when he is in a situation of extremity.Barnaby Rudge
It is rarely necessary, however, to go to such an extremity as suicide.Commercialism and Journalism
- the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
- the greatest or most intense degree
- an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
- a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
- (usually plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure
Word Origin and History for extremity
late 14c., from Old French estremite (13c.), from Latin extremitatem (nominative extremitas) "the end of a thing," from extremus; see extreme, the etymological sense of which is better preserved in this word.
- An end of an elongated or pointed structure.
- A bodily limb or appendage.