One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Physical weakness, especially as a result of illness.
frailty, weakness, feebleness, enfeeblement, enervation, devitalization, lack of energy, lack of vitality, lassitude, exhaustion, weariness, tiredness, overtiredness, fatigue, prostrationView synonyms
- ‘He is now, at 79, battling the increasing debility of his body, which is failing under the invasion of Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘The symptoms were of severe general debility and vitamin deficiency.’
- ‘Many, though not all, cases resulting in debility stemmed from chronic diarrhea or dysentery.’
- ‘It is just as meaningful to speak of levels of vitality and healthfulness as of debility and infirmity.’
- ‘When I began wondering about what it's like to get older, I couldn't find much good, popular writing about it that is not focused on decline, debility and death.’
- ‘A small or weak pulse indicates general debility and possible anemia.’
- ‘Coronary Artery Disease is a major cause of debility and death in the United States and in other developed nations.’
- ‘John Andrews, Minister of Finance, was born in the same year as Craig and, despite clear signs of physical debility, was to be the Prime Minister's successor.’
- ‘And yet, 40 percent of us will die after a period of protracted debility and feeble dementia stretching on average for some seven to 10 years.’
- ‘Symptoms of chronic intoxication include anorexia, gastrointestinal disturbances, debility, confusion, dermatitis, menstrual disorders, anemia, convulsions, and alopecia.’
- ‘Prolonged immobilization, such as may occur with hospitalization, trauma, or general debility, is one risk factor.’
- ‘On one level he clearly wants to overcome his debility, and live comic performance is the extraordinary way in which he has chosen to do that.’
- ‘Heart disease in a leading cause of death and debility among our canine friends.’
- ‘For months I had suffered unexplained pain, weight loss, and increased debility.’
- ‘And at the extremes, there are certainly correlations between advanced age and debility that increase the risk of complications.’
- ‘He appears to have some sort of age-related mental debility.’
- ‘Age, debility, poverty and illness were often factors that led to a favorable decision.’
- ‘General debility because of long working hours, and low and infrequent intake of food and nutrition’
- ‘Furthermore, AIDS typically does not kill its victims immediately but subjects them to a prolonged period of gradually mounting debility and incapacity.’
- ‘She will remember her father, who served in both world wars, and whose life was fore-shortened by nervous debility brought on by his experiences.’
Late Middle English: from Old French debilite, from Latin debilitas, from debilis ‘weak’.
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