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infirmity

in·fir·mi·ty

infirmity

 
pronunciation:
ihn fuhr mih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: infirmities
definition 1: a physical weakness, disability, or illness.
synonyms:
disability, illness, sickness
similar words:
ailment, complaint, condition, debility, disease, disorder, ill, malady, weakness
definition 2: the character or condition of lacking strength or being infirm.
synonyms:
debilitation, weakness
antonyms:
health
similar words:
decrepitude, indisposition, malaise
definition 3: a weakness or defect of morals or character.
synonyms:
failing, fault, flaw, frailty, weakness
similar words:
defect, foible, immorality, imperfection
Word Parts
The word infirmity contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
firm Latin root that means make firm; support
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi