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Definition of "infirmity" []

  • A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age. (noun)
  • Frailty; feebleness. (noun)
  • A condition or disease producing weakness. (noun)
  • A failing or defect in a person's character. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "infirmity" in a sentence
  • "Some old people have lost all their teeth, and others have but few left; and this infirmity is the more considerable because the meat, not being well chewed, for want of teeth, is not well digested, which has as much influence as any thing upon the other decays of age."
  • "And, yes, with age for some people comes infirmity, but that infirmity is based on individual factors and not on a physical absolute that, at a “pre-set” age, one is automatically old and unable to function."
  • "He who counts himself perfect, must deceive himself by calling sin infirmity (1Jo 1: 8); at the same time, each must aim at perfection, to be a Christian at all"