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frailty

[freyl-tee, frey-uh l-]
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noun, plural frail·ties for 3.
  1. the quality or state of being frail.
  2. moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.
  3. a fault resulting from moral weakness: frailties of the human flesh.
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Origin of frailty

1300–50; Middle English frailte, frelete < Old French frailete < Latin fragilitāt- (stem of fragilitās). See frail1, -ity
Related formso·ver·frail·ty, noun

Synonyms

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1. delicacy, weakness, fragility. 2. susceptibility, suggestibility. 3. flaw, defect.
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  • And, by the frailty of those they have triumphed over, they judge of all the rest.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But Indian nature is human nature, with all its frailty and humiliation.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • Naomi's frailty appeared to be not only of the body but also of the spirit.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Most of them belonged to the Frailty Theatre, and their usual talk was of the "stars" engaged there.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • She wanted to draw a veil over her frailty, but I wouldn't let her.


British Dictionary definitions for frailty

frailty

noun plural -ties
  1. physical or moral weakness
  2. (often plural) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness
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Word Origin and History for frailty

n.

mid-14c., from Old French fraileté "frailty, weakness," from Latin fragilitatem (nominative fragilitas), from fragilis "fragile" (see fragility). Related: Frailties.

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