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Infirmity, 1) moral weakness: “this ambitious foul i.” Lucr. 150. “be not disturbed with my i.” Tp. IV, 160. “allowed --ies,” Wint. I, 2, 263. “discover thine i.” H6A V, 4, 60. “a man of their i.” Cor. III, 1, 82. “bear his friends' --ies,” Caes. IV, 3, 86. “these fishers tell the --ies of men,” Per. II, 1, 53.
2) defect, imperfection: “to mingle beauty with --ies,” Ven. 735. “she speaks this in the i. of sense,” Meas. V, 47. “those --ies she owes,” Lr. I, 1, 205. “I am unfortunate in this i.” Oth. II, 3, 43. Oth. II, 3, 43 Oth. II, 3, 43 “assuming man's --ies,” Oth. II, 3, 43.
3) weakness caused by age: “i. that decays the wise doth ever make the better fool,” Tw. I, 5, 82. Tw. I, 5, 82 “i. which waits upon worn times,” Wint. V, 1, 141. “'tis the i. of his age,” Lr. I, 1, 296.
4) disease: “will you be cured of your i.?” All's II, 1, 71. “it was his i.” Caes. I, 2, 274. “I have a strange i.” Mcb. III, 4, 86. “i. doth still neglect all office,” Lr. II, 4, 107. “play with all --ies for gold,” Cymb. I, 6, 124. “constrained by her i.” III, 5, 47.
5) incapability of begetting children: leaving no posterity: “'twas not their i., it was married chastity,” Phoen. 60.
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