- to the extreme; exceedingly
- (intensifier): I behaved extremely badly
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- in an extreme degree;
- extreme + -ly 1525–35
- going beyond the ordinary or average: extreme cold.
- [before a noun] exceedingly great in degree or intensity: extreme joy.
- farthest from the center or middle[before a noun]the extreme limit of the city.
radical: the extreme right wing of the party.
final: extreme hopes.
- one of two things that are as different from each other as possible: torn between the extremes of joy and grief.
adj., -trem•er, -trem•est, n.
- of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average:extreme measures.
- utmost or exceedingly great in degree:extreme joy.
- farthest from the center or middle; outermost;
endmost:the extreme limits of a town.
- farthest, utmost, or very far in any direction:an object at the extreme point of vision.
- exceeding the bounds of moderation:extreme fashions.
- going to the utmost or very great lengths in action, habit, opinion, etc.:an extreme conservative.
- last or final:extreme hopes.
- [Chiefly Sports.]extremely dangerous or difficult:extreme skiing.
- the utmost or highest degree, or a very high degree:cautious to an extreme.
- one of two things as remote or different from each other as possible:the extremes of joy and grief.
- the furthest or utmost length; an excessive length, beyond the ordinary or average:extremes in dress.
- an extreme act, measure, condition, etc.:the extreme of poverty.
- the first or the last term, as of a proportion or series.
- a relative maximum or relative minimum value of a function in a given region.
either of two terms that are separated in the premises and brought together in the conclusion.
- Latin extrēmus, superlative of exterus outward. See exterior
- late Middle English 1425–75
2 . greatest, highest;
superlative. 3 . ultimate, last, uttermost, remotest. 6 . extravagant, immoderate, excessive, fanatical, uncompromising, unreasonable. See radical. 6 . moderate.