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
Examples from the Web for extremeness
Historical Examples of extremeness
In her therapeutics there is nothing new except its extremeness.
She knew not the depth of my wretchedness—the extremeness of my poverty!
Benjamin Lay contradicts this, but allowance must always he made for the extremeness of his assertions.Slavery in Pennsylvania
Edward Raymond Turner
- 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.