• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Infirmative Weakening; annulling, or tending to make void.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • infirmative Weakening; tending to make void.
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  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.”
  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “A friend should bear a friend's infirmities, But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.”
  • Heave
    “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.”
  • Catharine Esther Beecher
    Catharine Esther Beecher
    “The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. infirmatif,


In literature:

It may dazzle the eye, but it blinds us to all its blemishes and inward infirmities.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
By no stretch of imagination could she picture herself like the infirm and loveless creature before her.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
He is touched with our physical infirmities.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
We chose all the active, young, and powerful men, turning old age and infirmity adrift.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Aunt Chloe and Uncle Joe were not of the party, increasing infirmities compelling them to stay behind.
"Elsie's children" by Martha Finley
Argument is wasted on people having such infirmity of temper.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Poor and infirm, he died in 1718.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
It was lawful, also, for the children to put their parents to death when they had become infirm and useless.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The king, though old and infirm, yet retained his lofty and commanding appearance.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Perhaps the young gentleman was not so far out of the way in failing to consider his infirmity a disadvantage.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
When I could no longer hurt them, the revolutionists have trampled on my infirmity.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It was the inevitable tragedy, this, of their sexes and her infirmity.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Pope, by his infirmities and his talents, belonged to the dependent class of mankind.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
Persons with very pale nails are subject to much infirmity of the flesh, and persecution by neighbours and friends.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
That, however, is the dark side of Jim's infirmity; one of its more amusing sides was his bank book.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
But, ere opened the feast, with infirm gesture their semblance 305 Shaking, the Parcae fell to chaunting veridique verses.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
He was a godsend to the post-mistress, for to his failings or the infirmities of his gig were charged all delays.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
No defect existed in the formation of his limbs; his slight infirmity was nothing but the result of weakness of one of his ankles.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The younger man drew up on his infirm foot.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
R. R. MADDEN'S "Infirmities of Genius," a very pleasant book, is in the press of Mr. J. S. Redfield.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

With secret sympathy
My thoughts repeat in me
The turn o' the worm
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
There it eddied as if it would be still,
And the oarsman, infirm and ill,
Furled his sails, surrendered his will,
And crossed his oars.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I gaze on the hill to see
New promise of knowledge divine.
I know that infirmity
Shall be changed to power with the sign
That to me is given now.
"Introit : III. The Tree Of Knowledge" by Thomas MacDonagh
And for this, for this, behold!
Infirm and blind and old,
With gray, uncovered head,
Beneath the very arch
Of my triumphal march,
I stand and beg my bread!
"Belisarius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Let no forgetting sully that dim grace;
Our heart's infirmity is too easily won
To set a new love in the old love's place
And seek fresh vanity under the sun.
"The Dead" by William Kerr
What tho' they vex the Lake's cerulean stream,
And curl its billows on the shelly floor,
Yet, in despite of Fancy's timid dream,
Age, and Infirmity, may plunge secure.
"Hoyle Lake" by Anna Seward

In news:

AUSTIN—Texas officials are exploring the possibility of paroling the state's most infirm inmates to secure nursing homes to save on the high cost of meeting their medical needs.
Old, Infirm and at the Center of a Legal Struggle.
AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials are exploring the possibility of paroling the state's most infirm inmates to secure nursing homes to save on the high cost of meeting their medical needs.
Happy Birthday Rep Slaughter GOP Chair Says You're 'Too Infirm ' To Serve.
Old, infirm convicts costly to state.
AUSTIN (October 3, 2012)--Texas officials are exploring the possibility of paroling the state's most infirm inmates to secure nursing homes to save on the cost of meeting their medical needs.
Surviving the Infirmity of 2 Unions.
There was sad news on Tuesday as 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall was euthanized due to infirmities of old age at 22.
San Marcos — In court, he was portrayed as infirm, using a wheelchair and allowed to have a personal physician nearby.
On July 31, Republican voters will have the opportunity to take the first step toward making Georgia the first state to grant full human rights protection to all innocent life, from the preborn to the elderly and infirm.
Thus, leaving aside the court's dubious decision, serious constitutional infirmities remain.
One of Bladen Forrest's eight slaves was a Susan Mason, who was listed by the appraiser as "old & infirm," and whose value was placed at zero.
It would be a small expense but would do so much good for the poor, infirmed and others who maybe don't often use stamps in the age of email.
It is a mystery why people, in particular the elderly and the infirm, decide to stay when the government has warned them to evacuate , especially in single-story bungalows where there is no place to flee to.
As elderly people become more and more infirm, they have a decreased cough response and may aspirate oral secretions into their lungs , raising the risk of infections.

In science:

On the contrary, the experimental data on clays seems to infirm this hypothesis.
Experimental Test of the validity of "Isotropic" Approximation for the Mechanical Behaviour of Clay
On the contrary, the experimental data on sands seem to infirm this hypothesis.
Experimental Test of the "Isotropic" Approximation for Granular Materials using p=constant Compression