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[freyl-tee, frey-uh l-] /ˈfreɪl ti, ˈfreɪ əl-/
noun, plural frailties for 3.
the quality or state of being frail.
moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.
a fault resulting from moral weakness:
frailties of the human flesh.
1300-50; Middle English frailte, frelete < Old French frailete < Latin fragilitāt- (stem of fragilitās). See frail1, -ity
Related forms
overfrailty, noun
1. delicacy, weakness, fragility. 2. susceptibility, suggestibility. 3. flaw, defect. Unabridged
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  • Yet politicians and central bankers are reluctant to admit to home-grown frailties.
  • She does not shrink from hinting at the human frailties of her heroes.
  • Technology robs us of our human abilities, frailties and idiosyncrasies.
  • Ideally, future centenarians who avail themselves to life-prolonging advances won't suffer the familiar frailties of old age.
  • Administrator's are drawn from faculty and therefore share their frailties.
  • The tone implied that this group considered few human frailties truly gauche, but going to sleep was surely one of them.
  • He knew the frailties of his fellow-Alabamians when it came to race.
  • The rest of us have no choice but to acknowledge our frailties.
  • Science is a self-correcting process, in spite of the human frailties and motivations that sometimes slow down its progress.
  • Their minds are not affected by knowledge only by their own intellectual frailties.
British Dictionary definitions for frailties


noun (pl) -ties
physical or moral weakness
(often pl) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness
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Word Origin and History for frailties



mid-14c., from Old French fraileté "frailty, weakness," from Latin fragilitatem (nominative fragilitas), from fragilis "fragile" (see fragility). Related: Frailties.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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