The need for food when you are starving is an example of something that would be described as being of the utmost importance.
- situated at the farthest point or limit; most extreme or distant; farthest
- of or to the greatest or highest degree, amount, number, etc.; greatest
Origin of utmostMiddle English utemest ; from Old English utemest, ytemest, double superlative of ut, out
- Being or situated at the most distant limit or point; farthest: the utmost tip of the peninsula.
- Of the highest or greatest degree, amount, or intensity; most extreme: a matter of the utmost importance.
Origin of utmostMiddle English, from Old English &umacron;tmest : &umacron;t, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + -mest, -most.
Old English ut (“out") + -most