extreme

adjective
ex·​treme | \ ik-ˈstrēm How to pronounce extreme (audio) \

Definition of extreme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : existing in a very high degree extreme poverty
b : going to great or exaggerated lengths : radical went on an extreme diet
c : exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected extreme weather conditions
2 archaic : last
3 : situated at the farthest possible point from a center the country's extreme north
4a : most advanced or thoroughgoing the extreme political left
5a : of, relating to, or being an outdoor activity or a form of a sport (such as skiing) that involves an unusually high degree of physical risk extreme mountain biking down steep slopes
b : involved in an extreme sport an extreme snowboarder

extreme

noun

Definition of extreme (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range extremes of heat and cold
b : the first term or the last term of a mathematical proportion
c : the major term or minor term of a syllogism
2a : a very pronounced or excessive degree
b : highest degree : maximum
3 : an extreme measure or expedient going to extremes
in the extreme
: to the greatest possible extent

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Other Words from extreme

Adjective

extremeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for extreme

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable. excessive punishment immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint. immoderate spending inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment. inordinate pride extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste. extravagant claims for the product exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree. exorbitant prices extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree. extreme shyness

Examples of extreme in a Sentence

Adjective The plant is sensitive to extreme heat and cold. They are living in extreme poverty. She went on an extreme diet. Many thought that the punishment was too extreme for the crime. The plan was rejected as too extreme. This is an extreme example of what can happen when a company grows too quickly. He has extreme opinions when it comes to politics. Members of the extreme right opposed the legislation. Noun After spending lavishly for years, the company has now gone to the opposite extreme and has cut expenses drastically. His mood changed from one extreme to the other.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's because of the extreme impact more affluent cities can have on local wildlife, Walsh said. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "These megacities could become breeding grounds for the next pandemic, scientists say," 27 Nov. 2020 And many of those losses have been harrowing experiences, fully illuminating the team’s biggest flaws and most extreme failures. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Cover your eyes: It can often be a humiliating experience when the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers in prime time," 27 Nov. 2020 It is expected to soon declare that the number of people living below the extreme poverty line has dropped from 98.99 million in 2012 to zero. Los Angeles Times, "China fulfills a dream to end poverty. Not all poor people are feeling better off," 27 Nov. 2020 According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, two hallmarks of abusive behavior are showing extreme jealousy and preventing and discouraging you from spending time with friends, family members or peers. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My husband doesn’t want me talking to my family or friends," 27 Nov. 2020 The Christmas tree at Fountain Square has had an extreme makeover. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "It's a miracle! Fountain Square tree spruced up and glowing," 27 Nov. 2020 The good folks at Gleaners have served without regard to their own personal health and safety, weathering extreme temperatures and longer hours just to feed our city. Adrian Peterson, Detroit Free Press, "Adrian Peterson: Today on Thanksgiving, let's help fight hunger in Detroit," 27 Nov. 2020 Criminal justice reform advocates have called for the release of vulnerable and elderly inmates and an increase in paroles to alleviate extreme overcrowding, as well as the mass testing of inmates. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 in custody: Alabama ranks 9th for inmate deaths," 27 Nov. 2020 Gobert’s been able to make it on the back of his extreme defensive abilities, and Azubuike hopes to mimic Gobert in a lot of ways. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Udoka Azubuike joins the Utah Jazz with much to learn and a rematch to anticipate," 26 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, Ferrill swung to the other extreme and began eating mostly Little Debbie snack cakes and doughnuts, the friend said. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A gun collector’s paranoia, a wrong suspect and the role of racism. What the Molson Coors mass shooting records reveal," 26 Nov. 2020 Taken to the extreme, this merging of athlete and hunter has been popularized by Instagram influencer Cameron Hanes. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "This Ultra-Runner Is on a Quest to Persistence-Hunt a Pronghorn," 23 Nov. 2020 Taken to the extreme, this merging of athlete and hunter has been popularized by Instagram influencer Cameron Hanes. Popular Science, "Can a hunter outrun an antelope? This ultra-marathoner is finding out.," 23 Nov. 2020 At the other extreme, 19% believe their states must employ radical measures like lockdowns. David Bluestone, STAT, "A national Covid-19 vaccine confidence project: job No. 1 for President-elect Biden," 8 Nov. 2020 On the other extreme, if the margin between Trump and Biden is close, eyes will focus on those counties that take until noon Nov. 7 to fully count their ballots. Terry Spencer, Star Tribune, "Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready," 29 Oct. 2020 At the other extreme, the tasks could share the same network for all their processing and split only at the output stage. Quanta Magazine, "Deep Neural Networks Help to Explain Living Brains," 28 Oct. 2020 Or the response can be the other extreme, that this is just further argument to hunker down right now. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus, wildfires combine to create a Bay Area respiratory catastrophe," 21 Aug. 2020 On the other extreme, 12 counties issued one for every 30,000 residents or less. Terry Spencer, The Denver Post, "Florida red flag gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of extreme

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for extreme

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin extremus, superlative of exter, exterus being on the outside — more at exterior

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The first known use of extreme was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

30 Nov 2020

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“Extreme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extreme. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for extreme

extreme

adjective
How to pronounce extreme (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extreme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very great in degree
: very serious or severe
: very far from agreeing with the opinions of most people : not moderate

extreme

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extreme (Entry 2 of 2)

: either one of two opposite conditions, feelings, positions, etc., that are thought of as being far from what is normal or reasonable
: an amount or degree that is far beyond what is normal or reasonable

extreme

adjective
ex·​treme | \ ik-ˈstrēm How to pronounce extreme (audio) \

Kids Definition of extreme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very great in degree or severity extreme heat extreme poverty
2 : farthest away the extreme edge
3 : more demanding or dangerous than normal extreme sports

Other Words from extreme

extremely adverb

extreme

noun

Kids Definition of extreme (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something as far as possible from a center or from its opposite extremes of heat and cold
2 : the greatest possible degree : maximum He pushed the athletes to the extreme.

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