extreme[ek strēm′, ik-]
- The definition of extreme is most remote or far from what is necessary or usual.
An example of extreme is a fever of 104.
- An extreme is defined as something which is the farthest or highest, or things that are very different or far apart from one another.
- An example of extreme is the top of Mount Everest.
- An example of extreme is the range of feelings from depressed to very joyful.
Mount Everest is an example of extreme height.
- at the end or outermost point; farthest away; most remote; utmost
- in or to the greatest degree; very great or greatest: extreme pain
- to an excessive degree; immoderate
- far from what is usual or conventional
- deviating to the greatest degree from the center of opinion, as in politics
- very severe; drastic: extreme measures
- designating or of sports that involve high speeds, unusually risky actions, and considerable exposure to physical injury
- Archaic last; final
Origin of extremeMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin extremus, last, outermost, superlative of exterus, outer: see external
- either of two things that are as different or far as possible from each other
- an extreme degree
- an extreme act, expedient, etc.
- an extreme state or condition: an extreme of distress
- Obsolete an extreme point; extremity
- the first or last term of a proportion
go to extremes
in the extreme
- Most remote in any direction; outermost or farthest: the extreme edge of the field.
- Being in or attaining the greatest or highest degree; very intense: extreme pleasure; extreme pain.
- Being far beyond the norm: an extreme conservative. See Synonyms at excessive.
- Of the greatest severity; drastic: took extreme measures to conserve fuel.
- Biology a. Characterized by severe, usually oxygen-poor environmental conditions.b. Having an affinity for such conditions: an extreme microorganism.
- Sports a. Very dangerous or difficult: extreme rafting.b. Participating or tending to participate in a very dangerous or difficult sport: an extreme skier.
- Archaic Final; last.
- The greatest or utmost degree or point.
- Either of the two things situated at opposite ends of a range: the extremes of boiling and freezing.
- An extreme condition.
- An immoderate, drastic expedient: resorted to extremes in the emergency.
- Mathematics a. The first or last term of a ratio or a series.b. A maximum or minimum value of a function.
- Logic The major or minor term of a syllogism.
Origin of extremeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin extrēmus; see eghs in Indo-European roots.
(comparative extremer or more extreme, superlative extremest or most extreme)
- Of a place, the most remote, farthest or outermost.
- At the extreme edges, the coating is very thin.
- In the greatest or highest degree; intense.
- He has an extreme aversion to needles, and avoids visiting the doctor.
- Excessive, or far beyond the norm.
- His extreme love of model trains showed in the rails that criscrossed his entire home.
- Drastic, or of great severity.
- I think the new laws are extreme, but many believe them necessary for national security.
- Of sports, difficult or dangerous; performed in a hazardous environment.
- Television has begun to reflect the growing popularity of extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skateboarding.
- (archaic) Ultimate, final or last.
(comparative more extreme, superlative most extreme)
- (archaic) Extremely.
- Formerly used to modify adjectives and sometimes adverbs, but rarely verbs.