frail

frail

, a. [Compar. frailer (frl"r); superl. frailest.] [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. frle, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile.] 1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
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That I may know how frail I am.
Ps. xxxix. 4.
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An old bent man, worn and frail.
Lowell.
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2. Tender. [Obs.]
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Deep indignation and compassion frail.
Spenser.
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3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women.
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Man is frail, and prone to evil.
Jer. Taylor.
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