Complete Definition of "confirmities"

English

Etymology
Comic portmanteau word, probably on confirm and infirmity

Noun
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  1. Shakespearean nonce word meant to be humorous rather than to make any sense.

#:By my troth, this is the old fashion; you two never meet but you fall to some discord: you are both, i' good truth, as rheumatic as two dry toasts; you cannot one bear with another's confirmities. What the good-year! one must bear, and that must be you: you are the weaker vessel, as as they say, the emptier vessel. â Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV, s:The_Second_Part_of_King_Henry_the_Fourth#SCENE_IV._London._The_Boar.27s-head_Tavern_in_Eastcheap.|Act 2, Scene 4.

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