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frailty

[freyl-tee, frey-uh l-] /ˈfreɪl ti, ˈfreɪ əl-/
noun, plural frailties for 3.
1.
the quality or state of being frail.
2.
moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation.
3.
a fault resulting from moral weakness:
frailties of the human flesh.
Origin of frailty
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English frailte, frelete < Old French frailete < Latin fragilitāt- (stem of fragilitās). See frail1, -ity
Related forms
overfrailty, noun
Synonyms
1. delicacy, weakness, fragility. 2. susceptibility, suggestibility. 3. flaw, defect.
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frailty

/ˈfreɪltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
physical or moral weakness
2.
(often pl) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness
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Word Origin and History for frailty
n.

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

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