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too infirm to walk unassisted
  lacking physical strength or vitality — especially due to illness or age
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infirm infirmity infirmities
Strongly Associated with:   infirmary
Note that the suffix "ity" converts the word to a noun; i.e., the state of being weak or an illness that causes such.
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  • too infirm to walk unassisted
  • age creeps upon them; infirmities follow
    Mark Twain
  • How do they treat the elderly and infirm?
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • Gregor was so resentful of it that he started to move toward her, he was slow and infirm, but it was like a kind of attack.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • A light job, that was considered, a job for the infirm, but just you try and carry out the muck without spilling any.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Soon, Walter needed to be moved into the sort of facility that provided care for the elderly and infirm.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Economy of effort seemed to be a guiding principle with the wolves — and an eminently sensible one too, for the testing process often had to be continued for many hours before the wolves encountered a caribou sufficiently infirm to be captured.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "I want you to know I’m doing this because I have a soft spot for pretty boys, the mentally infirm, and people who owe me money.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I was so completely wrapped up in fixing myself, fixing my weak knee, that I began to discover all sorts of other infirmities, and potential ones.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I thought the poor thing handled her infirmity with great courage—traveling mimosa, my future son-in-law says; he’s a doctor, you know.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game

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  • Those whom the Nazis judged healthy and capable of work were sent to the right; those they judged to be infirm or weak were sent to the left.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He had once been over six-three, but gravity and infirmity had sliced two inches off him.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Pale and bruised, lean to the point of infirmity, he shambles toward the bed.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • One glance at Betsie’s pallid face and fragile form, and the matron waved her contemptuously back inside the barracks where the elderly and infirm spent the day sewing prison uniforms.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "You must believe me," Sophie said, aware of the sob in the back of her throat, and feeling a hopeless infirm lassitude, legs heavy and cold.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Perhaps he had trouble hunting, and infirmity was what drew him to the prison midden to scavenge.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But he contracted a tuberculosis of the spine when he was about six, when his parents were up in Aswan —the nanny didn’t recognize how serious it was, he was taken to the hospital too late—he was a very bright boy, so I understand, personable too, but old Mr. Blackwell wasn’t a man tolerant of weakness or infirmity.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • One of them was so old and infirm that he leaned heavily on a stick.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • They always explained in school about how uglies who didn’t have the operations eventually became infirm.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The man was elderly and infirm.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • They were both inside, Mr. Gilbert now infirm.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • We have been unfortunate, and recent events have drawn us from that everyday tranquillity befitting my years and infirmities.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They go for zebras, gnus and water buffaloes, and not only the old or the infirm in a herd—full-grown members too.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I couldn’t decide if they were greeting me and trying to say something, or if it was due to some infirmity of age.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • "Alas," said Monte Cristo, "it is the infirmity of our nature always to believe ourselves much more unhappy than those who groan by our sides!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • And to bear with my infirmities, Jane: to overlook my deficiencies.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I was starting a rotation in pediatrics at the time—good luck, since children don’t tend to hold the crippled responsible for their infirmities, as grown-ups do.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • -but I do know one thing: our children, our mothers, and our infirm must be protected from danger.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I have drunk but one cup to-night, and that was craftily qualified too, and behold, what innovation it makes here: I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not task my weakness with any more.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • About five ft. seven in. in height; strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted glasses, slight infirmity of speech.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • This is by no means a disparagement to his character; for many official personages, who are held in high respect and admiration, are the victims of similar infirmities.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He created at his own expense an infant school, a thing then almost unknown in France, and a fund for aiding old and infirm workmen.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Be not disturb’d with my infirmity.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • But through a natural infirmity of the flesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we incline to overlook this fact.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Beth cherished them all the more tenderly for that very reason, and set up a hospital for infirm dolls.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Sir Leigh Teabing had suffered from polio as a child and now wore leg braces and walked with crutches, but Langdon had found him such a lively and colorful man on his last visit that it hardly seemed an infirmity.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But there is an element of machismo in the Sherpa culture that makes many men extremely reluctant to acknowledge physical infirmities.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The moment he sat down, I noticed the nervous infirmity of which Mrs. Harling had told me.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Instead of ignoring her infirmity, pretending it was not there, he made it seem like something special and endearing.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Montcalm!" continued the deeply resentful and less self-restrained scout; "they say a time must come when all the deeds done in the flesh will be seen at a single look; and that by eyes cleared from mortal infirmities.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Now they are calling up the physically infirm to serve in the army, while you see healthy, fit young men working in Party offices and the police, far from the firing line.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Full in this rapid wake, and many fathoms in the rear, swam a huge, humped old bull, which by his comparatively slow progress, as well as by the unusual yellowish incrustations overgrowing him, seemed afflicted with the jaundice, or some other infirmity.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Perjury, oppression, subornation, fraud, pandarism, and the like infirmities, were among the most excusable arts they had to mention; and for these I gave, as it was reasonable, great allowance.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Gringoire flew thither, hoping to escape, by the swiftness of his legs, from the three infirm spectres who had clutched him.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • However, having an infirmity—for I am hard of hearing, sir—
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When he came to himself again, he said, if he had done or said any thing amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • She ran downstairs and hurried out to meet him, to hide his infirmity from the eyes of her household.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Stroke victims who have lost the ability to speak, for example, are virtuosos, because their infirmity has forced them to become far more sensitive to the information written on people’s faces.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • On the shores of our free states are emerging the poor, shattered, broken remnants of families,—men and women, escaped, by miraculous providences from the surges of slavery,—feeble in knowledge, and, in many cases, infirm in moral constitution, from a system which confounds and confuses every principle of Christianity and morality.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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