[freyl-tee, frey-uhl-]

noun, plural frail·ties for 3.

the quality or state of being frail.
moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.
a fault resulting from moral weakness: frailties of the human flesh.

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 for frailty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frailty

Contemporary Examples of frailty

Historical Examples of frailty

  • 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


noun plural -ties

physical or moral weakness
(often plural) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness
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Word Origin and History for frailty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper