extremity - definition and synonyms

noun formal 

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/ɪkˈstreməti/
singularextremity
pluralextremities
  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a part of your body that is furthest from the main part, for example a finger or toe
    1. a.
      [countable] a part of something that is furthest from the main part

      The boatyard is located at the southern extremity of the harbour.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] an extreme degree of something

    silenced by the extremity of his anger

  3. 3
    [countable] a very bad situation, such as being very ill, injured, or poor

    He had never been reduced to such an extremity before.