- feebleness; an imperfection or
weakness; esp., an unsound, unhealthy, or debilitated
state; a disease; a malady; as, infirmity of body or mind.
'T is the infirmity of his age. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Will you be cured of your infirmity ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The house has also its infirmities. --Evelyn.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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