- fragile site,
- fragile x syndrome,
- fragile x-chromosome,
- fragile-x syndrome,
Origin of fragile
Examples from the Web for fragility
While the caution that the fragility of this situation calls for cannot be overstated, neither can the successes made thus far.
“The fragility of the Putin regime lies in the fact that the entire regime rests in one person,” he said.Russian Tycoon: We Must Prepare For Putin’s Inevitable Downfall|Josh Rogin|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was the nuance, the complex emotion, the fragility of sex that would inform her diaries.‘Mirages’: Anaïs Nin’s Intimate, Unexpurgated Diaries|Lizzie Crocker|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They try to express their vision of Valentino but with the same attributes—beauty, romance, femininity, and fragility.Giancarlo Giammetti’s Private Life Captured in “Private GG”|Erin Cunningham|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Pic: Emily Henretta's woodcut captures technology's fragility.
Who would suspect the composer's fragility and sickliness in this work?Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
But as I ascended, the width and depth of the fissures increased, and the fragility of the snow-bridges became more conspicuous.Hours of Exercise in the Alps|John Tyndall
It is strange, with all her delicacy and fragility, the impression she makes of being utterly sufficient to herself.The Marble Faun, Volume I.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
There was neither too much flesh, nor too little,—neither rudeness nor fragility.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
In their keeping is the heaven of his happiness; in them and through them the earthy of its fragility.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
Word Origin for fragile
late 14c., "moral weakness," from Old French fragilité "debility, frailty" (12c.), from Latin fragilitatem (nominative fragilitas) "brittleness," from fragilis "brittle, easily broken," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Meaning "quality of being easily broken" first recorded in English late 15c.
1510s, "liable to sin, morally weak;" c.1600, "liable to break;" a back-formation from fragility, or else from Middle French fragile (14c.), from Latin fragilis (see fragility). Transferred sense of "frail" (of persons) is from 1858.