extremity

Definitions:

  • The outermost or farthest point or portion.
  • The greatest or utmost degree.
  • Grave danger, necessity, or distress.
  • An extreme or severe measure.
  • None
  • A bodily limb.
  • The hands and feet.
  • The utmost point or side; the end or the verge; the point or border that terminates a thing: as, the <em>extremities</em> of a bridge; the <em>extremities</em> of a lake.
  • In <em>anatomy</em> and <em>zoology</em>, a limb or an organ of locomotion; an appendage or appendicular part of the body.
  • The highest degree; the most intense form: as, to suffer the <em>extremity</em> of pain or cruelty.
  • Extreme or utmost need, distress, or difficulty; the greatest degree of destitution or helplessness; specifically, death: as, a city besieged and reduced to <em>extremity</em>; man's <em>extremity</em> is God's opportunity.
  • <em>plural</em> Extreme measures: as, the commander was compelled to proceed to <em>extremities.</em>
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Extremity, End, Extreme</em>, border, termination. <em>Extremity</em> is opposed to <em>middle, end</em> to <em>beginning</em>, and <em>extreme</em> to <em>mean</em> or <em>moderate degree. Extreme</em> is now used only in figurative senses; the others are literal or figurative. <em>Extreme</em> generally indicates that which is excessive, exaggerated, or extravagant: as, he was dressed in the <em>extreme</em> of the fashion; “avoid <em>extremes</em>,” <em>Pope</em>, Essay on Criticism, l. 385. For the direct expression of a great distress, etc., <em>extremity</em> is used, and <em>extreme</em> is rare or obsolete.
  • The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part.
  • One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.
  • The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form.
  • The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.
  • The most extreme or furthest point of something.
  • An <xref>extreme</xref> <xref>measure</xref>.
  • A <xref>hand</xref> or <xref>foot</xref>.
  • the outermost or farthest region or point
  • the greatest or utmost degree
  • an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
  • that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
  • an external body part that projects from the body
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