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1 most distant from a center
  • spacecraft that is specially designed to explore the extreme edge of our solar system

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2 being very far from the center of public opinion
  • their extreme political views attracted only a small band of followers

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3 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • in their extreme zeal the members of the cult are willing to do whatever their leader dictates

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Synonyms & Antonyms of extreme (Entry 2 of 2)

2 as in maximum, outside

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How is the word extreme different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of extreme are excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, immoderate, and inordinate. While all these words mean "going beyond a normal limit," extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree.

extreme shyness

When is it sensible to use excessive instead of extreme?

Although the words excessive and extreme have much in common, excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable.

excessive punishment

Where would exorbitant be a reasonable alternative to extreme?

The words exorbitant and extreme are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree.

exorbitant prices

When might extravagant be a better fit than extreme?

The meanings of extravagant and extreme largely overlap; however, extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste.

extravagant claims for the product

In what contexts can immoderate take the place of extreme?

The words immoderate and extreme can be used in similar contexts, but immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint.

immoderate spending

When could inordinate be used to replace extreme?

While the synonyms inordinate and extreme are close in meaning, inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment.

inordinate pride

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

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“Extreme.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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