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.
- extreme fighting,
- extreme programming,
- extreme sport,
- extreme unction,
Origin of extreme
Examples from the Web for extremer
It is no new party, however; it is merely the extremer element in the modern socialist movement.
He was like his father, the old laird, but there glowed an extremer dark anger and power.Foes|Mary Johnston
No doubt it is an extremer and specially difficult form of the problem.Women in Modern Industry|B. L. Hutchins
In other respects anarchism may be said to be but an extremer phase of socialism.
A sharp check from the public authority generally brings out to the front this extremer element in German socialism.
- 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.