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[in-fur-mi-tee] /ɪnˈfɜr mɪ ti/
noun, plural infirmities for 1, 3.
a physical weakness or ailment:
the infirmities of age.
quality or state of being infirm; lack of strength.
a moral weakness or failing.
Origin of infirmity
1325-75; Middle English infirmite < Latin infirmitās. See infirm, -ity
Related forms
superinfirmity, noun, plural superinfirmities.
3. flaw, defect, fault. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infirmity
  • These aren't necessarily euphemisms for age and infirmity.
  • That's the problem: modern medicine gives us better lives now but condemns future generations to genetic infirmity.
  • Other suspected war criminals have died before the cases could proceed, or have not been tried because of infirmity.
  • Government itself is but a recognition of human infirmity.
  • And that means caring for them when they cannot do it themselves, from age or infirmity.
  • Some of us cannot experience the joys you describe for one of many valid reasons, including age and/or infirmity.
  • Absent some physical or mental infirmity, this is unacceptable.
  • For them, it was as if every crime were committed in a state of mental infirmity.
British Dictionary definitions for infirmity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being infirm
physical weakness or debility; frailty
a moral flaw or failing
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Word Origin and History for infirmity

late 14c., "disease, sickness; lack of capability, weakness," from Latin infirmitatem (nominative infirmitas) "want of strength, weakness, feebleness," noun of quality from infirmus (see infirm). Cf. Middle French infirmité, Old French enfermete.

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infirmity in Medicine

infirmity in·fir·mi·ty (ĭn-fûr'mĭ-tē)

  1. A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age.

  2. A condition or disease producing weakness.

  3. A failing or defect in a person's character.

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