- a physical weakness or ailment: the infirmities of age.
- quality or state of being infirm; lack of strength.
- a moral weakness or failing.
Origin of infirmity
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Examples from the Web for infirmity
Alma Hitchcock, the times I saw her, was a frail, birdlike woman who looked angry about her infirmity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Your parents are now declining fast under the weight of years and infirmity.Imogen
I have dropped off every physical burden and infirmity I had, and I am in the pink of condition.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Princess was not sure of “infirmity,” but it sounded well.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
To tell her of all this, though he must needs do it for her safety, was like reproaching her with her infirmity.The Scapegoat
- the state or quality of being infirm
- physical weakness or debility; frailty
- a moral flaw or failing
Word Origin and History for infirmity
late 14c., "disease, sickness; lack of capability, weakness," from Latin infirmitatem (nominative infirmitas) "want of strength, weakness, feebleness," noun of quality from infirmus (see infirm). Cf. Middle French infirmité, Old French enfermete.
- A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age.
- A condition or disease producing weakness.
- A failing or defect in a person's character.