Extremity

Ex*trem"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Extremities ().
[L. extremitas: cf. F. extrmit.] 1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.
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They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of Ethiopia.
Arbuthnot.
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2. (Zol.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a limb; a leg or an arm of man.
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3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or intense form. "The extremity of bodily pain." Ray.
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4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering; greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.
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Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a compulsion shall here be set in view.
Milton.
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Upon mere extremity he summoned this last Parliament.
Milton.

Syn. -- Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.
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