- the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
- the greatest or most intense degree
- an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
- a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
- (usually plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure
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- [countable] the terminal point, limit, or part of something.
- AnatomyUsually, extremities. [plural] the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot.
- [uncountable] an utmost degree: the extremity of joy.
- the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
- Anatomya limb of the body.
- AnatomyUsually, extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot:to experience cold in one's extremities.
- Often, extremities. a condition or circumstance of extreme need, distress, etc.:to suffer the extremities of being poor.
- the utmost or any extreme degree:the extremity of joy.
- an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.:to go to any extremity to feed the children.
- extreme nature or character:the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
- [Archaic.]a person's last moment before death.
- Latin extrēmitās. See extreme, -ity
- Middle English 1325–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged end, termination;