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Infirmity


INFIRMITY, noun inferm'ity. [Latin infirmitas.]

1. An unsound or unhealthy state of the body; weakness; feebleness. Old age is subject to infirmities.

2. Weakness of mind; failing; fault; foible.

A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.

3. Weakness of resolution.

4. Any particular disease; malady; applied rather to chronic, than to violent diseases.

5. Defect; imperfection; weakness; as the infirmities of a constitution of government.