frailty


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frail·ty

 (frāl′tē)
n. pl. frail·ties
1. The condition or quality of being frail.
2. A fault, especially a moral weakness.

frailty

(ˈfreɪltɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. physical or moral weakness
2. (often plural) a fault symptomatic of moral weakness

frail•ty

(ˈfreɪl ti, ˈfreɪ əl-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being frail.
2. a fault resulting from moral weakness.
[1300–50; Middle English frailte, frelete < Old French frailete < Latin fragilitās. See frail1, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frailty - the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
unfitness, softness - poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
asthenia, astheny - an abnormal loss of strength
cachexia, cachexy, wasting - any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
2.frailty - moral weaknessfrailty - moral weakness      
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"

frailty

noun
1. weakness, susceptibility, fallibility, peccability a triumph of will over human frailty
weakness might, strength, fortitude, robustness
2. infirmity, poor health, feebleness, puniness, frailness She died after a long period of increasing frailty.

frailty

noun
Translations
ضَعْف، وَهَن
slabostchybakřehkost
svagelighedsvaghed
gyarlóság
veikleiki; breyskleiki

frailty

[ˈfreɪltɪ] N [of person] → debilidad f; [of health] → lo delicado, fragilidad f; [of happiness] → lo efímero; [of character] → flaqueza f

frailty

[ˈfreɪlti] n
(= weakness) → faiblesse f
the frailties of human nature → les faiblesses de la nature humaine
(= poor health) → fragilité f

frailty

n
(= weakness, of person) → Gebrechlichkeit f; (of health)Zartheit f, → Anfälligkeit f
(= fragility, of structure) → Fragilität f; (of boat, aircraft)leichte Bauart; (fig, of hope) → Schwäche f; (of ego)Labilität f; frailty, thy name is womanSchwachheit, dein Name ist Weib

frailty

[ˈfreɪltɪ] n (see adj) → fragilità; (imperfection) → debolezza

frail

(freil) adjective
weak, especially in health. a frail old lady.
ˈfrailtyplural ˈfrailties noun
physical weakness or (a) moral failing. She loved him in spite of his frailties.
References in classic literature ?
It may serve, let us hope, to symbolise some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow
The evangelist was preaching "sin and redemption," the infinite grace of God and His pardon for human frailty.
Her standard of right was so high, so all-embracing, so minute, and making so few concessions to human frailty, that, though she strove with heroic ardor to reach it, she never actually did so, and of course was burdened with a constant and often harassing sense of deficiency;--this gave a severe and somewhat gloomy cast to her religious character.
what should be leaving my room, as I advanced to enter it, but--well, it's no use, resolutions are all very well, but facts are facts, especially when they're natural, and here was I face to face with the most natural little natural fact, and withal the most charming and merry-eyed, that-- well, in short, as I came to enter my room I was confronted by the roundest, ruddiest little chambermaid ever created for the trial of mortal frailty.
Perhaps the question now before the public may, in its consequences, afford melancholy proofs of the effects of this despicable frailty, or rather detestable vice, in the human character.
There remains, then, the character between these two extremes,- -that of a man who is not eminently good and just,-yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.
There were few people on whose secrecy she would have more confidently depended; but, at the same time, there was no one whose knowledge of a sister's frailty would have mortified her so much-- not, however, from any fear of disadvantage from it individually to herself, for, at any rate, there seemed a gulf impassable between them.
Sage in most matters, the widow was perhaps the more amiable for the one frailty that made her ridiculous.
much too high for a heathen), It is true greatness, to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God.
If he had probed to the bottom of his vanity (as he sometimes nearly did) he would have found there the wish that his wife should be as worldly-wise and as eager to please as the married lady whose charms had held his fancy through two mildly agitated years; without, of course, any hint of the frailty which had so nearly marred that unhappy being's life, and had disarranged his own plans for a whole winter.
At last, disengaging herself from the frantic clutch of the still shrieking Esmeralda, Jane crossed the room to look into the little cradle, knowing what she should see there even before the tiny skeleton disclosed itself in all its pitiful and pathetic frailty.
With the precision and definiteness customary in addressing prisoners, and which is supposed to preclude human frailty, Pierre like the others was questioned as to who he was, where he had been, with what object, and so on.