On our way we had had to battle with the elements of Nature in very nearly their extremest forms and in every variety.
The Ossetes have the father family in its extremest development.
Too much self-depreciation is often a sign of the extremest vanity.
In doing so, I had, of course, to use the extremest caution.
But the true, transplanted Irish hardly ever patch except in the extremest necessity, when the garment would otherwise fall apart.
The mind of Imogen was now wrought up to the extremest distress.
With these words he threw himself on his knees, and taking one of my hands, kissed it with the extremest tenderness.
There is not the extremest trace of excitement or feeling of any kind in her tone.
The sign of universal execration, the sign of extremest punishment, has now become the object of universal longing and love.
She embraced her with the extremest tenderness: 'Ah my sister!'
early 15c., from Old French extreme (13c.), from Latin extremus "outermost, utmost, farthest, last," superlative of exterus (see exterior).
In English as in Latin, not always felt as a superlative, hence more extreme, most extreme (which were condemned by Johnson). The noun is first recorded 1540s, originally of the end of life, cf. Latin in extremis. Extreme unction preserves the sense of "last, latest" (15c.). Extremes "opposite ends of anything" is from 1550s.