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infirm

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Definition weak from old age or disease

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  • She is too infirm to walk unassisted.
infirm = weak from old age or disease
  • The city was conquered, the infirm slaughtered, and the rest enslaved.
  • infirm = weak
  • A polar bear may charge a group of walruses, with the goal of separating a young, infirm, or injured walrus from the pod.
  • infirm = weak
  • age creeps upon them; infirmities follow
    Mark Twain
  • How do they treat the elderly and infirm?
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • I thought the poor thing handled her infirmity with great courage—
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • infirmity = illness
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • Conscious of his own infirmity—that his tempered steel and elasticity are lost—he for ever afterwards looks wistfully about him in quest of support external to himself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmity = weakness
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • 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
  • infirm = lacking physical strength or vitality
  • 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
  • infirm = people lacking physical strength or vitality
  • Poor, miserable man! what right had infirmity like his to burden itself with crime?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmity = weakness
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • 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
  • infirmity = weakness (from age or illness)
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • In Arthur Dimmesdale, thought and imagination were so active, and sensibility so intense, that the bodily infirmity would be likely to have its groundwork there.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmity = weakness
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • "Madam, I know not of what you speak," answered Hester Prynne, feeling Mistress Hibbins to be of infirm mind; yet strangely startled and awe-stricken by the confidence with which she affirmed a personal connexion between so many persons (herself among them) and the Evil One.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirm = weak (or ill)
  • The brave soldier had already numbered, nearly or quite, his three-score years and ten, and was pursuing the remainder of his earthly march, burdened with infirmities which even the martial music of his own spirit-stirring recollections could do little towards lightening.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmities = weaknesses (from age or illness)
  • She doubted not that the continual presence of Roger Chillingworth—the secret poison of his malignity, infecting all the air about him—and his authorised interference, as a physician, with the minister's physical and spiritual infirmities—that these bad opportunities had been turned to a cruel purpose.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmities = weaknesses
  • With his florid cheek, his compact figure smartly arrayed in a bright-buttoned blue coat, his brisk and vigorous step, and his hale and hearty aspect, altogether he seemed—not young, indeed—but a kind of new contrivance of Mother Nature in the shape of man, whom age and infirmity had no business to touch.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmity = weakness (from age or illness)
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • In the way of furniture, there is a stove with a voluminous funnel; an old pine desk with a three-legged stool beside it; two or three wooden-bottom chairs, exceedingly decrepit and infirm; and—not to forget the library—on some shelves, a score or two of volumes of the Acts of Congress, and a bulky Digest of the Revenue laws.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirm = weak
  • With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmity = weakness
    (editor's note:  When the suffix "-ity" is added to infirm, it means "the state of being infirm". This is the same pattern seen in words like equality, complexity, and possibility.)
  • But I could imagine, even then, that, under some excitement which should go deeply into his consciousness—roused by a trumpet's peal, loud enough to awaken all of his energies that were not dead, but only slumbering—he was yet capable of flinging off his infirmities like a sick man's gown, dropping the staff of age to seize a battle-sword, and starting up once more a warrior.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infirmities = weaknesses (from age or illness)
  • Had it been otherwise—had an active politician been put into this influential post, to assume the easy task of making head against a Whig Collector, whose infirmities withheld him from the personal administration of his office—hardly a man of the old corps would have drawn the breath of official life within a month after the exterminating angel had come up the Custom-House steps.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
infirmities = weaknesses (from age or illness)

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