Definition of frailty in English:



mass noun
  • 1The condition of being weak and delicate.

    ‘the increasing frailty of old age’
    • ‘Historically the body and its frailty were much more difficult to escape than in our own age.’
    • ‘He excels at writing about sex and sexuality, which he describes with a graceful wonder that encompasses love's frailty and its brutality at once.’
    • ‘As if to emphasise his credentials, he has been at it again this week, hauling himself into contention at the Masters with a familiar mixture of fearlessness and frailty.’
    • ‘Challenge the system with continuing high unemployment or the need to create a consensus when none exists, as over the treaty, and suddenly its frailty is exposed.’
    • ‘The frailty of memory in general is an important theme, but how an epidemic of that proportion gets virtually wiped out of the collective memory is still a mystery.’
    • ‘He seemed to me to be really old, but even in death to be lacking in that common frailty I tended to view all the elderly as possessing.’
    • ‘By the end of the decade there were few speaking as they had been only ten years earlier of US economic frailty or an American inability to compete effectively.’
    • ‘As it transpired, the team only needed three to win and while their manager must fret over his side's sudden frailty, he again noted that it is a rich source of entertainment for the rest of us.’
    • ‘However, those hopes were undermined and then ultimately shattered by a combination of injuries and growing defensive frailty.’
    • ‘Perhaps so, but the great attraction of sport is that, still in 2001, it holds a mirror to the human condition in all its strength and frailty.’
    • ‘The beauty of a living thing springs directly from its frailty, its coming and its going.’
    • ‘Infatuated with my tiny son, I became fixated on his frailty: by what the world would do to him, if the world were given half a chance.’
    • ‘This gradual loss has been tied to protein deficiency, lack of exercise, and increased frailty among the elderly.’
    • ‘That ageing is an independent contributor is not surprising, because frailty increases with age, raising the risk of falls and failure of other organ systems.’
    • ‘The frailty of the government's authority was underscored on the road north, when we were stopped at a roadblock by a group of men with assault rifles.’
    • ‘The most important safety concern is their frailty and consequent vulnerability to personal injury or death in a crash.’
    • ‘The home visiting service affords benefit to those who are unable to leave their home, due to frailty, disability, illness, or the effects of undergoing cancer treatments.’
    • ‘Every once in a while a boxer dies in the ring or a soccer player collapses on the field, and such tragedies make us acutely aware of our own frailty.’
    • ‘Some things about skiing - gravity, the inconvenient frailty of bone and sinew - never change.’
    • ‘Despite her age and increasing frailty she was out on the streets last year in her wheelchair, raising more than £50.’
    infirmity, infirmness, weakness, weakliness, feebleness, enfeeblement, debility, incapacity, impairment, indisposition
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    1. 1.1 Weakness in character or morals.
      ‘all drama begins with human frailty’
      count noun ‘you're too self-righteous to see your own frailties’
      • ‘It may not have been calculated, but the effect of talking about drink and displaying his frailty was to pick him out from the political crowd as if by a personal spotlight.’
      • ‘And it reveals the character's human frailties, without justifying or condemning his actions.’
      • ‘Like a little plumped up raisin, he exudes vanity, smugness and frailty and desolation in equal measure.’
      • ‘His performance combines brazen ruthlessness with charm, wit, and clear human frailties.’
      • ‘It's in complete disregard of the frailties of human nature.’
      • ‘He also succeeds in bringing to life the American founders not as gods, but as people with human foibles and frailties.’
      • ‘Its characters offer human frailties, weaknesses and moral dilemmas that draw us in.’
      • ‘It was our frailty that demanded social cohesion.’
      • ‘But the fact he also had real human frailties made him a greater man than was realised by those who could not see through the fog of adulation.’
      • ‘Ultimately, Sophia's frailty gives way to reason.’
      • ‘As we will see, his works display an acute awareness of human faults and frailties and his writing exhibits a vividness and an elegance that makes it a pleasure to read.’
      • ‘Whatever he is, we certainly do not expect such frailty and inability to act on one's own from a generation on whom the future of our country rests.’
      • ‘Vanity and bravery rarely come this distilled in real people: our courage and frailty arrive in random combination.’
      • ‘Edward detailed his own set of insecurities and human frailties.’
      • ‘The problem with priests is that they are human and suffer the same frailties and imperfections as other humans such as myself.’
      • ‘It's the foibles and frailties of the characters we love the most.’
      • ‘The play, written in lucid verse, portrays a human being who transcended human frailties.’
      • ‘But those who understand the frailties of human nature will find it easier to suspend disbelief, and even sympathise a bit.’
      • ‘It's even more difficult to admit we're human and all our frailties that come along with it.’
      • ‘A young man, with all the usual weaknesses and frailties of ego.’
      weakness, susceptibility, impressionability, vulnerability, fallibility
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Middle English (in the sense ‘weakness in morals’): from Old French frailete, from Latin fragilitas, from fragilis (see fragile).