[ ik-streem ]
/ ɪkˈstrim /
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adjective, ex·trem·er, ex·trem·est.
of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average: extreme measures.
utmost or exceedingly great in degree: extreme joy.
farthest from the center or middle; outermost; endmost: the extreme limits of a town.
farthest, utmost, or very far in any direction: an object at the extreme point of vision.
exceeding the bounds of moderation: extreme fashions.
going to the utmost or very great lengths in action, habit, opinion, etc.: an extreme conservative.
last or final: extreme hopes.
Chiefly Sports. very dangerous or difficult: extreme skiing.
the utmost or highest degree, or a very high degree: cautious to an extreme.
one of two things as remote or different from each other as possible: the extremes of joy and grief.
the furthest or utmost length; an excessive length, beyond the ordinary or average:extremes in dress.
an extreme act, measure, condition, etc.: the extreme of poverty.
- 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.
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.
Archaic. the utmost point, or extremity, of something.
OTHER WORDS FOR extreme
2 greatest, highest; superlative.
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Origin of extreme
1425–75; late Middle English <Latin extrēmus, superlative of exterus “outward.” See exterior
synonym study for extreme
6. See radical.
OTHER WORDS FROM extreme
ex·treme·ness, nouno·ver·ex·treme, adjectivequa·si-ex·treme, adjectivesu·per·ex·treme, adjective
su·per·ex·treme·ly, adverbsu·per·ex·treme·ness, nounun·ex·treme, adjective
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How to use extreme in a sentence
Benjamin Lay contradicts this, but allowance must always he made for the extremeness of his assertions.Slavery in Pennsylvania|Edward Raymond Turner
She knew not the depth of my wretchedness—the extremeness of my poverty!
In her therapeutics there is nothing new except its extremeness.
British Dictionary definitions for extreme
/ (ɪkˈstriːm) /
being of a high or of the highest degree or intensityextreme cold; extreme difficulty
exceeding what is usual or reasonable; immoderateextreme behaviour
very strict, rigid, or severe; drastican extreme measure
(prenominal) farthest or outermost in directionthe extreme boundary
meteorol of, relating to, or characteristic of a continental climate
the highest or furthest degree (often in the phrases in the extreme, go to extremes)
(often plural) either of the two limits or ends of a scale or range of possibilitiesextremes of temperature
- the first or last term of a series or a proportion
- a maximum or minimum value of a function
logic the subject or predicate of the conclusion of a syllogism
Derived forms of extremeextremeness, noun
Word Origin for extreme
C15: from Latin extrēmus outermost, from exterus on the outside; see exterior
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Scientific definitions for extreme
[ ĭk-strēm′ ]
Either the first or fourth term of a proportion of four terms. In the proportion 23 = 46, the extremes are 2 and 6. Compare mean.
A maximum or minimum value of a function.
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