noun (plural extremities)
- 1The furthest point or limit of something: the peninsula’s western extremityMore example sentences
limit, end, edge, side, farthest point, boundary, border, frontier, boundary line, bound, bounding line, partition line, demarcation line, end point, cut-off point, termination; perimeter, circumference, outside, outline, confine, periphery, outskirts, margin, brink, rim, lip, fringe, verge, threshold, compass• rare ambit
- 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
- 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.
- 2 [mass noun] The degree to which something is extreme: 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: the terror of an animal in extremityMore example sentences
dire straits, trouble, difficulty, hard times, hardship, adversity, misfortune, distress; crisis, emergency, disaster, catastrophe, calamity, cataclysm; predicament, plight, mess, dilemma; setback, reverse, reversal; destitution, indigence, exigency• informal fix, pickle, jam, spot, bind, stew, scrape, hole, sticky situation, hot water, deep water, hell, hell on earthBritish • informal spot of bother
- 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).