adjective, ex·trem·er, ex·trem·est.
- the first or the last term, as of a proportion or series.
- a relative maximum or relative minimum value of a function in a given region.
Origin of extreme
Examples from the Web for extreme
Investigators will focus on whether the sudden emergency was so extreme that no degree of pilot skill would have helped.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No one likes it when their sandcastle is knocked over, but his reaction is a bit, err, extreme.
The grief in this house is extreme of course; this is a horror movie, after all.
To not give in to profiteers, paid-off politicians and an extreme minority who hate its government and way of life.
Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cortez, to his extreme disappointment, found the country poor.Hernando Cortez|John S. C. Abbott
On his extreme right Cissey occupied the Vanves gate and lined the whole railway of the west.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
So that he appears to have followed his own pleasure with extreme independence.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts|Rosalind Northcote
In considering some of the extreme examples, we must revise our idea that art is or should be always beautiful.Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh
Who does not know of extreme mischief arising from over-guidance in social relations as well as in state affairs?The Claims of Labour|Arthur Helps
British Dictionary definitions for extreme
- the first or last term of a series or a proportion
- a maximum or minimum value of a function
Word Origin for extreme
Word Origin and History for extreme
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.