American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The outermost or farthest point or portion.
- n. The greatest or utmost degree: the extremity of despair.
- n. Grave danger, necessity, or distress.
- n. A moment at which death or ruin is imminent.
- n. An extreme or severe measure.
- n. A bodily limb or appendage.
- n. A hand or foot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The utmost point or side; the end or the verge; the point or border that terminates a thing: as, the extremities of a bridge; the extremities of a lake.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a limb or an organ of locomotion; an appendage or appendicular part of the body. The extremities of the vertebrate body are four in number, viz., the arms and legs, divided in man into upper and lower, and in other animals into anterior and posterior extremities.
- n. The highest degree; the most intense form: as, to suffer the extremity of pain or cruelty.
- n. Extreme or utmost need, distress, or difficulty; the greatest degree of destitution or helplessness; specifically, death: as, a city besieged and reduced to extremity; man's extremity is God's opportunity.
- n. plural Extreme measures: as, the commander was compelled to proceed to extremities.
- n. Synonyms Extremity, End, Extreme, border, termination. Extremity is opposed to middle, end to beginning, and extreme to mean or moderate degree. Extreme is now used only in figurative senses; the others are literal or figurative. Extreme generally indicates that which is excessive, exaggerated, or extravagant: as, he was dressed in the extreme of the fashion; “avoid extremes,” Pope, Essay on Criticism, l. 385. For the direct expression of a great distress, etc., extremity is used, and extreme is rare or obsolete.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.
- n. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form.
- n. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.
- n. the outermost or farthest region or point
- n. the greatest or utmost degree
- n. an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
- n. that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
- n. an external body part that projects from the body
- From Middle English extremite, from Old French extremite, from Latin extremitas ("the extremity or end"), from extremis ("furthest, extreme"); see extreme. (Wiktionary)
“At the extremity is the County Courthouse; on the right is the tall spire of the Presbyterian, and on the left the tower of the Episcopal Church.”
“Note, If Christ's visits to his people be deferred long, yet at length he will come; and their extremity is his opportunity to appear for them so much the more seasonably.”
““Yet, never, in extremity … It asked a crumb of me.””
“They have a screen of wall about a hundred yards long with a central prayer-niche and the normal three steps for the preacher; and each extremity is garnished with an imitation minaret.”
“At the extremity is seen, in perspective at the top R.H. a cavity, which may be supposed an entrance.”
“He does not scruple, in extremity, to use the dreadful antique of the passenger who takes off his shoe just as the street-car is passing the glue factory (the first glue factory was probably in Abdera) and he uses again and again certain little whimwhams of his own of which he has grown fond.”
“We examined the charts for possible islands to which to run in extremity, but there were no such islands.”
“While she was turning these things over in her mind it occurred to her that "man's extremity is God's opportunity.”
“He is kind now in extremity, and I would be glad to keep him so till a discovery is absolutely necessary.”
“Did ever anybody forget themselves to that degree that was not melancholy in extremity?”
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