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Definition of Extremity

Extremity

  1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.
  2. One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.
  3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form.
  4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.

Extremity Quotations

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou have passed through. Forbearance is the root of all quietness and assurance forever.
Tokugawa Ieyasu

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.
Soren Kierkegaard

For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people.
Mark Haddon

At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.
Whittaker Chambers

One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.
Thomas Arnold
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Extremity Translations

extremity in Norwegian is ekstremitet, ytterpunkt
extremity in Spanish is extremidad
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