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Meaning of extremity

ex•trem•i•ty

Pronunciation: (ik-strem'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
  2. a limb of the body.
  3. Usually,the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot: to experience cold in one's extremities.
  4. Often,a condition or circumstance of extreme need, distress, etc.: to suffer the extremities of being poor.
  5. the utmost or any extreme degree: the extremity of joy.
  6. an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.: to go to any extremity to feed the children.
  7. extreme nature or character: the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
  8. a person's last moment before death.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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