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
Synonyms for extreme
Antonyms for extreme
Related Words for extremeacute, severe, utmost, intense, unusual, excessive, harsh, remarkable, egregious, exaggerated, radical, irrational, exceptional, unreasonable, outrageous, extraordinary, dire, utter, drastic, sheer
Examples from the Web for extreme
Contemporary Examples of 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?
January 4, 2015
He was part of an extreme, racialized white faction in the Louisiana state house that was clearly dead-set against honoring King.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
In the most extreme cases, it allows for the extrajudicial killing of black people without consequence.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
No one likes it when their sandcastle is knocked over, but his reaction is a bit, err, extreme.Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror?
December 21, 2014
The grief in this house is extreme of course; this is a horror movie, after all.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of extreme
The consciousness of recent misconduct filled her with extreme dread.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She was blind and paralyzed, and on the extreme verge of eternity.
He was bothered, in a way, by the extreme mental caution of this fellow.Way of the Lawless
The issue was, however, disappointing to him in the extreme.Within the Law
- the first or last term of a series or a proportion
- a maximum or minimum value of a function
Word Origin 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.