Word forms: extremities
1. countable noun The extremity of something is its furthest end or edge. [formal] [+ of] ⇒ ...a small port on the north-western extremity of the Iberian peninsula. [+ of] ⇒ ...the extremities of the aeroplane. 2. plural noun [oft with poss] Your extremities are the end parts of your body, especially your hands and feet. ⇒ He found that his extremities grew cold. ⇒ Exercise is very important as it keeps the circulation moving and warms the extremities. 3. uncountable noun The extremity of a situation or of someone's behaviour is the degree to which it is severe, unusual, or unacceptable. [+ of] ⇒ In spite of the extremity of her seclusion she was sane. [+ of] ⇒ In the past, the region had been protected by its forbidding geography and the extremities of its climate. ⇒ Only in extremity, when his defences had been reduced by six weeks of bombing, was he ready to leave.
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