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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.
Origin of frailty
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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  • It's no secret that alcohol is often used as a balm for human frailty.
  • Physical frailty is expected, and can be coped with.
  • She caught both the fever and the frailty of the great trio.
  • And he was troubled: by drink, by drugs and by physical frailty.
  • One reason for her success was her acknowledgment of human frailty.
  • His trademark is his falsetto, which exudes a frailty without sounding pleading.
  • But the frailty of politicians is not the full story.
  • And her every stage appearance is perceived as a victory of show-business stamina over psychic frailty.
  • Along with the frailty of the workers' existence, the natural equilibrium is fragile as well.
  • The miracle of atomic power shows its human frailty.
British Dictionary definitions for frailty


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

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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