[ ik-strem-i-tee ]
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noun,plural ex·trem·i·ties.
  1. the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something.

  2. a limb of the body.

  1. Usually extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot: to experience cold in one's extremities.

  2. Often extremities. a condition or circumstance of extreme need, distress, etc.: to suffer the extremities of being poor.

  3. the utmost or any extreme degree: the extremity of joy.

  4. an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.: to go to any extremity to feed the children.

  5. extreme nature or character: the extremity of his views on foreign trade.

  6. Archaic. a person's last moment before death.

Origin of extremity

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Latin word extrēmitās.See extreme, -ity

Other words for extremity

Other words from extremity

  • su·per·ex·trem·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ex·trem·i·ties.

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How to use extremity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for extremity


/ (ɪkˈstrɛmɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the farthest or outermost point or section; termination

  2. the greatest or most intense degree

  1. an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease

  2. a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk

  3. (usually plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure

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