[ freyl-tee, frey-uhl- ]
/ ˈfreɪl ti, ˈfreɪ əl- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. fragrant sumac,
  2. fragrantly,
  3. fraidy-cat,
  4. frail,
  5. frailero,
  6. frailty, thy name is woman!,
  7. fraise,
  8. fraise du bois,
  9. fraises,
  10. fraktur

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

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British Dictionary definitions for frailty


/ (ˈfreɪltɪ) /

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.

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