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 extremestacute, severe, utmost, intense, unusual, excessive, harsh, remarkable, egregious, exaggerated, radical, irrational, exceptional, unreasonable, outrageous, extraordinary, dire, utter, drastic, sheer
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Historical Examples of extremest
In doing so, I had, of course, to use the extremest caution.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
The mind of Imogen was now wrought up to the extremest distress.Imogen
To her, too, it was apparent that she had been treated with extremest cruelty.Kept in the Dark
There is not the extremest trace of excitement or feeling of any kind in her tone.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
The duke was obviously in a state of the extremest nervous tension.The Lock And Key Library
- 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.