Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Extremity (Page: 529)

Ex*trem"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Extremities(). [L. extremitas: cf. F. extrémité.]

1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.

They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of Ethiopia. Arbuthnot.

2. (Zoöl.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.

3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form. The extremity of bodily pain." Ray.

4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.

Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a compulsion shall here be set in view. Milton.
Upon mere extremity he summoned this last Parliament. Milton.
Syn. -- Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.