from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age.
- n. Frailty; feebleness.
- n. A condition or disease producing weakness.
- n. A failing or defect in a person's character.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. feebleness, frailty or ailment, especially due to old age.
- n. a moral weakness or defect
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being infirm; feebleness; an imperfection or weakness; esp., an unsound, unhealthy, or debilitated state; a disease; a malady.
- n. A personal frailty or failing; foible; eccentricity; a weakness or defect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being infirm; weakness; especially, an unsound or unhealthy state of the body; a malady: as, the infirmities of age.
- n. A weakness; failing; fault; foible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
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Some old people have lost all their teeth, and others have but few left; and this infirmity is the more considerable because the meat, not being well chewed, for want of teeth, is not well digested, which has as much influence as any thing upon the other decays of age.
And, yes, with age for some people comes infirmity, but that infirmity is based on individual factors and not on a physical absolute that, at a “pre-set” age, one is automatically old and unable to function.
He who counts himself perfect, must deceive himself by calling sin infirmity (1Jo 1: 8); at the same time, each must aim at perfection, to be a Christian at all
"Thou takest all advantages against me; old scores are called over, every infirmity is animadverted upon, and no sooner is a false step taken than I am beaten for it."
If the Lord now calls me to a period of weakness, I know well that his power can be made perfect in infirmity.
I was no longer morbid; I would not allow myself to feel that my infirmity was a bar to the enjoyment of life; yet, all the same, I dreaded society and shrank from the fresh conviction of inferiority I was certain to experience in going out with Harry, who was strongest where I was so weak.
My infirmity was the principal cause which prevented me from mixing in polite companies, and enjoying the conversation of the fair.
We can put our fingers on the two great evils of life as it now is: the first is poverty; and the second is infirmity, which is the accompaniment of increasing years.
A good man and a skilful physician was Dr. H----, but his infirmity was a love of strong drink; and, therefore, was it that he softened not the terrible blow which must soon have fallen.
The Lord sees them, and has compassion upon them, and heals all sickness and infirmity, that is, He cleanses their obstructed minds, and unbelieving hearts for the understanding of the new preaching.