One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
fragile, breakable, easily broken, easily damaged, delicate, flimsy, insubstantialView synonyms
- ‘The flatbread was a ritzy variant on pizza with a thin, frangible crust held together by a liberal serving of melted Brie, and sensibly strewn with cubes of smoked salmon and capers.’
- ‘During the show they mentioned frangible bullets as being safe on the range because of their construction.’
- ‘Again and again, the author's childhood becomes an arena of nostalgia deepening into elegy, the place from which a series of variations on the subject of hard past/soft and frangible present can be generated.’
- ‘I bought it from the catalog version of the store, and while they're delighted to accept mailed returns, they packed the thing in the most frangible variety of styrofoam, filling the room with a thousand easily-inhaled chunks.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere ‘to break’.
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