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[ik-strem-i-tee] /ɪkˈstrɛm ɪ ti/

noun, plural extremities.
the or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
a limb of the body.
Usually, extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot:
to experience cold in one’s extremities.
Often, extremities. a condition or circumstance of need, distress, etc.:
to suffer the extremities of being poor.
the utmost or any degree:
the extremity of joy.
an or extraordinary measure, act, etc.:
to go to any extremity to feed the children.
nature or character:
the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
Archaic. a person’s last moment before death.
noun (pl) -ties
the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
the greatest or most intense degree
an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
(usually pl) (archaic) a drastic or severe measure

late 14c., from Old French estremite (13c.), from Latin extremitatem (nominative extremitas) “the end of a thing,” from extremus; see extreme, the etymological sense of which is better preserved in this word.

extremity ex·trem·i·ty (ĭk-strěm’ĭ-tē)


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