Webster 1913 Edition
extremitas: cf. F.
The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part;
extremitiesof a country
They sent fleets . . . to the
One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.
The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form.“The extremity of bodily pain.”
The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.
Divers evils and
extremitiesthat follow upon such a compulsion shall here be set in view.
Syn. – Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The utmost parts. The extremities of the body, in painting and sculpture, are the head, hands and feet; but in anatomy, the term is applied to the limbs only.
2. The utmost point; the highest or furthest degree; as the extremity of pain or suffering; the extremity of cruelty. Even charity and forbearance may be carried to extremity.
3.Extreme or utmost distress, straits or difficulties; as a city besieged and reduced to extremity.
4.The utmost rigor or violence. The Greeks have endured oppression in its utmost extremity.
5.The most aggravated state.
The world is running after farce,the extremity of bad poetry.