Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thinness, smallness; a shrunken or meagre condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Smallness; meagerness; slenderness; fineness, thinness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Slenderness; thinness; tenuity.
  • n. Fineness; refinement.

Etymologies

From Latin exilitatem, from exilis ‘exile’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • -- "His aim," said Brutus, "was to be admired as an _Attic_ Orator: and to this we must attribute that accurate exility of style, which he constantly affected."

    Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker.

  • Thank God, a "Southern literature," in the sense intended by the champions of slavery, is a simple impossibility, rendered such by that exility of mind which they demand in its producers as a prerequisite to admission into the guild of Southern authorship.

    The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It

  • Would our feeble eyes, therefore, become stronger -- would our narrow views of things be enlarged -- should we be better capacitated to understand his projects -- could we with more certitude divine his plans, enter into his designs -- would our exility of judgment be competent to measure his wisdom, to follow the eternal order he has established?

    The System of Nature, Volume 2

  • In defiance Of the exility of the effect which these notions produce oil the greater number, even of those who say they are, or who believe themselves persuaded, they are held forth as the most powerful rampart that can be opposed to the irregularities of man.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

  • So many princes fail to enjoy true happiness only, because their feeble, narrow souls, are obliged to act in a sphere too extensive for their energies: it is thus that by the supineness, the indolence, the incapacity of their chiefs, nations frequently pine in misery; are often submitted to masters, whose exility of mind is as little calculated to promote their own immediate happiness, as it is to further that of their miserable subjects.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

  • It is with great propriety that subtilty, which, in its original import, means exility of particles, is taken, in its metaphorical meaning, for nicety of distinction.

    Lives of the Poets, Volume 1

  • It is with great propriety that subtlety, which in its original import means exility of particles, is taken in its metaphorical meaning for nicety of distinction.

    Lives of the English Poets : Waller, Milton, Cowley

  • But from exility of bones, thinness of skulls, smallness of teeth, ribs, and thigh-bones, not improbable that many thereof were persons of minor age, or woman.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

  • It ia. with great projpriety that Subtlety, which ia its original import, means exility of particles, is taken in its meuphorical meaning for nicety of dillin Aion.

    The Monthly Review

  • a lowness of stature and an exility of person, than which nothing could be farther from suggesting ideas of the heroine, or of tragic importance, when one day, by desire of her mother, she recited some select passages in her father's presence.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Vol I, No. 2, February 1810

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  • 1819 H. Busk Vestriad iv. 313 His exility of snout.

    September 21, 2014