infirmity

infirmity late 14c., "disease, sickness; lack of capability, weakness," from L. infirmitatem (nom. infirmitas) "want of strength, weakness, feebleness," noun of quality from infirmus (see INFIRM (Cf. infirm)). Cf. M.Fr. infirmité, O.Fr. enfermete.

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  • infirmity — index defect, deficiency, disability (physical inability), disadvantage, disease, disorder (abnormal condition), fault (weakness) …   Law dictionary

  • Infirmity — In*firm i*ty, n.; pl. {Infirmities}. [L. infirmitas : cf. F. infirmite. See {Infirm}, a.] 1. The state of being infirm; feebleness; an imperfection or weakness; esp., an unsound, unhealthy, or debilitated state; a disease; a malady; as, infirmity …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infirmity — [n] weakness, sickness affliction, ailing, ailment, confinement, debilitation, debility, decay, decrepitude, defect, deficiency, disease, diseasedness, disorder, failing, fault, feebleness, flu, frailty, ill health, imperfection, indisposition,… …   New thesaurus

  • infirmity — ► NOUN (pl. infirmities) ▪ physical or mental weakness …   English terms dictionary

  • infirmity — [in fʉr′ mə tē] n. [ME infirmite < L infirmitas] 1. the quality or state of being infirm; feebleness; weakness 2. pl. infirmities an instance of this; specif., a) a physical weakness or defect; frailty or ailment, as from old age b) a moral… …   English World dictionary

  • infirmity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ mental, physical PHRASES ▪ age and infirmity (literary, esp. BrE) ▪ those incapable of supporting themselves by reason of age and infirmity …   Collocations dictionary

  • infirmity — UK [ɪnˈfɜː(r)mətɪ] / US [ɪnˈfɜrmətɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms infirmity : singular infirmity plural infirmities formal bad health caused by old age or illness …   English dictionary

  • infirmity — Synonyms and related words: abnormality, abulia, acute disease, advanced age, advanced years, affection, affliction, age of retirement, ailment, allergic disease, allergy, an incurable disease, anility, atrophy, bacterial disease, bad habit,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • infirmity — noun (C, U) bad health or a particular illness: She blamed her infirmity on the damp climate …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • infirmity — noun the family would never openly discuss Aunt Erma s infirmity Syn: illness, malady, ailment, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, complaint, indisposition, frailty, weakness; disability, impairment …   Thesaurus of popular words

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