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
b : maximum
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

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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 Millions of people refuse to even step outside — their fear of catching the virus is that extreme. BostonGlobe.com, "As COVID-19 devastates India, deaths go undercounted," 24 Apr. 2021 Millions of people refuse to even step outside — their fear of catching the virus is that extreme. New York Times, "As Covid-19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted," 24 Apr. 2021 Marion County is seeing an increase in the number of teenagers and older children being admitted to the hospital with more severe complications, however the numbers are not as extreme as Michigan and Florida. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "What Indianapolis officials said at Thursday's Marion County COVID-19 update," 22 Apr. 2021 These are all heavy hints that what’s transpiring within our brains is just as extreme as our external makeover. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 It’s my hair in ‘95, but the makeup is more extreme. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Freeform's Cruel Summer: Everything You Want to Know About Your New Obsession," 21 Apr. 2021 China provides an extreme example of the possibilities stemming from recent improvements in face recognition technology. Tom Simonite, Wired, "How Face Recognition Can Destroy Anonymity," 20 Apr. 2021 The emotional toll of fighting depression and feelings of isolation, and worrying about my own health and my family’s was extreme. NBC News, "Author Sophia Nelson: The end of the pandemic is in sight ― and women need a 'code' of self-care more than ever," 15 Apr. 2021 Organizers found the estimate to be extreme, and said efforts were underway to raise funds or encourage local nurseries to donate trees. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Hundreds of residents rally to save beavers that made a home in Glenview development," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some Texas Republicans have taken those feelings to the extreme. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Young San Antonio trans spokesman leads with empathy and by example," 15 Apr. 2021 Zach is a dab hand at herbal knockout potions and the occasional amateur amputation, and there’s a scene featuring the latter in which Wheatley indulges his twin tastes for deadpan comedy and head-on gross-outs to the extreme. BostonGlobe.com, "‘In the Earth’: at play in the fields of the weird," 14 Apr. 2021 Set on an expansive park over ten football fields in size, kids (ages seven and older) and adults can climb and play on over 100 obstacles from beginner level to extreme, including Tarzan ropes, bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets, and zip lines. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "14 Reasons To Visit This Under-The-Radar Florida Gem," 12 Apr. 2021 He’s an overbearing partner taken to an improbable extreme. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Promise and Warning of Optimized Love," 15 Apr. 2021 But a statistic that extreme could indicate red flags: how much of these habits have to do with Avdija, himself? Tom Rende, Forbes, "Which Three NBA Rookies Have Seen Their Stock Dip The Most Since The Draft?," 10 Apr. 2021 The third extreme falls in the middle of the spectrum — with small edges that join just two vertices and large edges that join many vertices. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Settle Erdős Coloring Conjecture," 5 Apr. 2021 These By Far sandals take the kitten heel to a new extreme. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "6 Editors Describe Their Perfect Reemergence Heel," 3 Apr. 2021 Holiday preparations involve spring cleaning to the extreme to remove even the tiniest crumbs of leavened bread from homes and offices. Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "Passover in Israel: Celebrating pandemic progress and freedom," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Extreme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extreme. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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extreme

adjective

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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