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[ ik-streem ]


, ex·trem·er, ex·trem·est.
  1. of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average:

    extreme measures.

  2. utmost or exceedingly great in degree:

    extreme joy.

    Synonyms: superlative

  3. farthest from the center or middle; outermost; endmost:

    the extreme limits of a town.

    Synonyms: uttermost, last, ultimate

  4. farthest, utmost, or very far in any direction:

    an object at the extreme point of vision.

  5. exceeding the bounds of moderation:

    extreme fashions.

  6. going to the utmost or very great lengths in action, habit, opinion, etc.:

    an extreme conservative.

    Synonyms: unreasonable, uncompromising, fanatical, excessive, immoderate, extravagant

    Antonyms: moderate

  7. last or final:

    extreme hopes.

  8. Chiefly Sports. very dangerous or difficult:

    extreme skiing.


  1. the utmost or highest degree, or a very high degree:

    cautious to an extreme.

  2. one of two things as remote or different from each other as possible:

    the extremes of joy and grief.

  3. the furthest or utmost length; an excessive length, beyond the ordinary or average:

    extremes in dress.

  4. an extreme act, measure, condition, etc.:

    the extreme of poverty.

  5. Mathematics.
    1. the first or the last term, as of a proportion or series.
    2. a relative maximum or relative minimum value of a function in a given region.
  6. Logic. the subject or the predicate of the conclusion of a syllogism; either of two terms that are separated in the premises and brought together in the conclusion.
  7. Archaic. the utmost point, or extremity, of something.


/ ɪkˈstriːm /


  1. being of a high or of the highest degree or intensity

    extreme cold

    extreme difficulty

  2. exceeding what is usual or reasonable; immoderate

    extreme behaviour

  3. very strict, rigid, or severe; drastic

    an extreme measure

  4. prenominal farthest or outermost in direction

    the extreme boundary

  5. meteorol of, relating to, or characteristic of a continental climate


  1. the highest or furthest degree (often in the phrases in the extreme, go to extremes )
  2. often plural either of the two limits or ends of a scale or range of possibilities

    extremes of temperature

  3. maths
    1. the first or last term of a series or a proportion
    2. a maximum or minimum value of a function
  4. logic the subject or predicate of the conclusion of a syllogism
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Derived Forms

  • exˈtremeness, noun
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Other Words From

  • ex·tremeness noun
  • over·ex·treme adjective
  • quasi-ex·treme adjective
  • super·ex·treme adjective
  • super·ex·tremely adverb
  • super·ex·tremeness noun
  • unex·treme adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of extreme1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin extrēmus “most outward,” superlative of exterus “outward”; exterior
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Word History and Origins

Origin of extreme1

C15: from Latin extrēmus outermost, from exterus on the outside; see exterior
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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

The co-founder also stressed that most of Public’s users find its service organically, implying that the startup’s marketing costs have not been extreme, nor its growth artificially boosted.

The Crosby-Malkin Penguins do have a history of extreme late-season surges.

In extreme cases, you can end up with a single person shouldering the burden of many hands — very unfair.

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I think that the problem is that in some cases, not in those extreme cases, there’s speech that one person might say is legitimate and should be up, but others say it should be taken down.

Mars is substantially more complicated, with an atmosphere that distributes heat and makes the temperature extremes far more moderate, plus orbital wobbles that ensure seasonal changes in temperature.

Investigators will focus on whether the sudden emergency was so extreme that no degree of pilot skill would have helped.

He was part of an extreme, racialized white faction in the Louisiana state house that was clearly dead-set against honoring King.

In the most extreme cases, it allows for the extrajudicial killing of black people without consequence.

Nor should we ever assume that weather alone, however extreme, should be fatal to a commercial flight.

No one likes it when their sandcastle is knocked over, but his reaction is a bit, err, extreme.

Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.

The controlling center of consciousness is the extreme limit of the nares anteri.

As a rule, however, even in the case of extreme varieties, a careful examination of the specimen will enable it to be identified.

Nothing but an extreme love of truth could have hindered me from concealing this part of my story.

It stands at one extreme of our currency, with a dollar of gold set aside behind each dollar of paper.


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