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extremity (obs. or archaic senses, for most of which ‘extreme’ would be the modern equivalent)
1. extreme or utmost degree Err. I. i. 141 “the of dire mishap,” Lr. V. iii. 209 “another . . . would make much more, And top ,” Lucr. 969 “Devise extremes beyond ,” Sonn. li. 6 “swift ” (=the extreme of swiftness); phrase “in ,” in the highest degree MND. III. ii. 3 “Which she must dote on in ,” Ham. III. ii. 180.
2. extreme severity or rigour Err. V. i. 309 “O, time's ,” Wint. V. ii. 134 “ of weather,” R3 I. i. 65, Cæs. II. i. 31 “run to these and these extremities,” Oth. V. ii. 137, Cym. III. iv. 17.
3. extravagance Wiv. IV. ii. 77, 173
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, li
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