noun (plural extremities)
- 1The furthest point or limit of something: the peninsula’s western extremityMore example sentences
- At the western extremity of Florentine territory (in the outskirts of Pisa) was a historic Petrine site, the Romanesque church of San Piero a Grado.
- The town stands on a hill, and I was taken into the public garden at the extremity of the town.
- The North-East should be seen as a bridge to lands and opportunities beyond rather than as a cul-de-sac in a troublesome extremity of the country.
- 1.1 (extremities) The hands and feet: tingling and numbness in the extremitiesMore example sentences
fingers and toes, hands and feet, limbs
- When prey arrives they quickly seize its extremities, pulling on legs, arms and antennae until the hostage is rendered immobile.
- It affects blood vessels in the extremities such as fingers and toes.
- The circulating nurse placed a sequential compression device on Mr V's left arm and lower extremities.
- 2The extreme degree or nature of something: the extremity of the violence concerns usMore example sentences
- I became alienated from everything that was going on around me - because of the violence and extremity of it.
- The case of Vancouver's mass-murder of sex trade workers was rare because of its extremity, but violence on the stroll is nothing new.
- The intensity and extremity of this expansion of experience is paralleled by the deepening of communion, by which particularity and individuation are shared with others.
- 2.1A condition of extreme adversity or difficulty: the terror of an animal in extremityMore example sentences
dire straits, trouble, difficulty, hard times, hardship, adversity, misfortune, distress; (a) crisis, an emergency, (a) disaster, (a) catastrophe, calamity; a predicament, a plight, mess, a dilemma• informal a fix, a pickle, a jam, a spot, a bind, a hole, a sticky situation, hot water, deep water
- Yet the idea that some things should not be shown is persistent, and present even in extremity.
- If we intervene only in extremity, only in order to stop mass murder and mass deportation, the idea that we are defending X's norms and not Y's is simply wrong.
- In extremity, they rebelled and rioted with regularity and enthusiasm.
late Middle English: from Old French extremite or Latin extremitas, from extremus 'utmost' (see extreme).