ultimate

[uhl-tuh-mit]

adjective

noun


Origin of ultimate

1645–55; < Late Latin ultimātus (past participle of ultimāre to come to an end), equivalent to Latin ultim(us) last, most distant (see ultima) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsul·ti·mate·ly, adverbul·ti·mate·ness, nounsub·ul·ti·mate, adjective
Can be confusedparamount ultimatepenultimate last ultimateultimate ultimatum

Synonyms for ultimate

1. extreme, remotest, uttermost. 2. supreme. 5. See last1.

Antonyms for ultimate

5. first.
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Examples from the Web for ultimate

Contemporary Examples of ultimate

Historical Examples of ultimate

  • Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people?

  • In that insistence lay her ultimate compensation for untold misery.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was of course my soul in its ultimate essence that I had reached.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • It is, if I can fully attain to it, the ultimate realisation of the artistic life.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • But to recognise that the soul of a man is unknowable, is the ultimate achievement of wisdom.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde


British Dictionary definitions for ultimate

ultimate

adjective

conclusive in a series or process; last; finalan ultimate question
the highest or most significantthe ultimate goal
elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
most extremegenocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
final or totalan ultimate cost of twenty million pounds

noun

the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
Derived Formsultimateness, noun

Word Origin for ultimate

C17: from Late Latin ultimāre to come to an end, from Latin ultimus last, from ulter distant
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Word Origin and History for ultimate
adj.

1650s, from Late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare "to be final, come to an end," from ultimus "last, final," superlative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). Ultimate Frisbee is attested from 1972.

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