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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRAILNESS

There was something appealing in her frailness, in her thin, anæmic calm.

Yet for all their frailness, how much jealousy and envy and unhappiness some of them managed to contain!

He was thin even to seeming frailness,—yet it was the frailness of the race-horse.

He knew the frailness of the bond which kept his body and soul together.

Was it the feeling of an inability to keep, which betrayed a frailness in him?

There was a spirituality about her—a frailness, if I may so express it—that was almost fairylike.

Peter was fourteen, and looked less, being delicate to frailness.

She wore a massive crown which seemed too heavy for her frailness to sustain.

That barrier confessed its frailness in every drooping line.

It was a mass of cobweb lace of extraordinary antiquity and frailness, mounted on a lining of silver gauze.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "morally weak," from Old French fraile "weak, frail, sickly, infirm" (Modern French frêle), from Latin fragilis "easily broken" (see fragility). Sense of "liable to break" is first recorded in English late 14c. The U.S. slang noun meaning "a woman" is attested from 1908.

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