frailty vs infirmity what difference

what is difference between frailty and infirmity

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

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References

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


English

Etymology

infirm +‎ -ity

Noun

infirmity (countable and uncountable, plural infirmities)

  1. feebleness, frailty or ailment, especially due to old age.
  2. a moral weakness or defect

Related terms

  • infirm (adjective)

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