debility vs frailty what difference

what is difference between debility and frailty

English

Etymology

From Middle English debylite, from Old French debilité (French débilité), from Latin dēbilitās (weakness), from dēbilis (weak), from dē- + habilis (able).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈbɪlɪti/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlɪti

Noun

debility (countable and uncountable, plural debilities)

  1. A state of physical or mental weakness.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.
      As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment.
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      I was ready to sink from fatigue and hunger, but being surrounded by a crowd, I thought it politic to rouse all my strength, that no physical debility might be construed into apprehension or conscious guilt.

Related terms

  • debile
  • debilitate
  • debilitation

Translations

Further reading

  • debility in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • debility in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


English

Etymology

From Middle English frelete, frailte, from Old French fraileté, from Latin fragilitās. Doublet of fragility.

Noun

frailty (countable and uncountable, plural frailties)

  1. (uncountable) The condition quality of being frail, physically, mentally, or morally; weakness of resolution; liability to be deceived.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 36, n. 1.
      the limitations and restraints of civil government, and a legal constitution, may be defended, either from reason, which reflecting on the great frailty and corruption of human nature, teaches, that no man can safely be trusted with unlimited authority ;
    Synonyms: frailness, infirmity
  2. A fault proceeding from weakness; foible; sin of infirmity.

Related terms

  • frail

Translations

References

  • frailty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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