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.
- 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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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
being of a high or of the highest degree or intensity: extreme cold; extreme difficulty
exceeding what is usual or reasonable; immoderate: extreme behaviour
very strict, rigid, or severe; drastic: an extreme measure
(prenominal) farthest or outermost in direction: the 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 possibilities: extremes 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
- extremeness, noun
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Scientific definitions for extreme
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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