Definitions of extreme

  1. beyond a norm in views or actions; " an extreme conservative"; " an extreme liberal"; " extreme views on integration"; " extreme opinions"
  2. the furthest or highest degree of something; " he carried it to extremes"
  3. the point located farthest from the middle of something
  4. most distant in any direction; " the extreme edge of town"
  5. of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity; " extreme cold"; " extreme caution"; " extreme pleasure"; " utmost contempt"; " to the utmost degree"; " in the uttermost distress"
  6. far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree; " an extreme example"; " extreme temperatures"; " extreme danger"
  7. Extremely.
  8. At the utmost point, edge, or border; outermost; utmost; farthest; most remote; at the widest limit.
  9. The best of worst; most urgent; greatest; highest; immoderate; excessive; most violent; as, an extreme case; extreme folly.
  10. Radical; ultra; as, extreme opinions.
  11. The utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a body; extremity.
  12. Utmost limit or degree that is supposable or tolerable; hence, furthest degree; any undue departure from the mean; -- often in the plural: things at an extreme distance from each other, the most widely different states, etc.; as, extremes of heat and cold, of virtue and vice; extremes meet.
  13. An extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger, distress, etc.
  14. Either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the middle term being interposed between them.
  15. The first or the last term of a proportion or series.
  16. Last; final; conclusive; - said of time; as, the extreme hour of life.
  17. Extended or contracted as much as possible; - said of intervals; as, an extreme sharp second; an extreme flat forth.
  18. Of the highest degree; last; utmost; furthest; final; most severe or strict.
  19. The utmost degree of anything; extremity; excess; end.
  20. Outermost; utmost; furthest; at the utmost point, edge, or border; as, the extreme verge or point of a thing; " The extremest shore."- Southey; worst or best that can exist or be supposed; greatest; most violent or urgent; utmost; as, extreme pain, grief or suffering; extreme joy or pleasure; an extreme case; last; beyond which there is none; as, the extreme hour of life; carrying principles to the uttermost; holding the strongest possible views; ultra; " The Puritans or extreme Protestants."- Gladstone; in music, superfiuous or augmented; thus, the extreme sharp sixth is the augmented sixth.
  21. The utmost point or verge of a thing; that part which terminates a body; extremity; " Between the extremes of both promontorise."- Dampier; utmost point; utmost limit or degree that can be supposed or tolerated; either of two states or feelings as different from furthest degree; as, the extremes of heat and cold; the extremes of virtue an vice; avoid extremes; extreme suffering, misery, or distress; extremity; " Tending to some relief of our extremes."- Milton: in logic, either of extreme terms of a syllogism, that is, the predicate and subject- thus, " Man is an animal; Peter is a man, therefore Peter is an animal; " the word animal is the greater extreme, Peter the less extreme, and man the medium; in math. either of the first and last terms of a proportion; as, when three magnitudes are proportional the rectangle contained by the extremes is equal to the square of the mean.
  22. Outermost; utmost; excessive.
  23. The utmost limit or degree; extremity.
  24. Farthest; outermost; utmost; severe; excessive.
  25. The highest or utmost degree; farthest point or limit; extremity; first or last term of a proportion or series.
  26. Extremist.
  27. Outermost; furthest off; most pressing; worst or best that can exist or be supposed; last; beyond which there is none; going extreme lengths.
  28. The utmost point or verge; end; furthest degree; extremity; the extreme terms of a syllogism, the predicate and subject of the conclusion, as distinct from the middle term with which they are compared in the premises; the first and last terms of a proportion Extreme unction, among the Rom. Catholics, the anointing of a sick person with oil when about to die, usually just before death.
  29. Furthest; outermost; most violent; highest in degree; most pressing; rigorous; strict.
  30. That part which terminates; utmost point.
  31. What are furthest distant from each other.

Usage examples for extreme

  1. With my death the clew might be finally lost, and my life was consequently of extreme importance to them, and therefore they took steps to have me rescued, and the fact that they learned this and knew how friendly I was with Gibbons shows how close was the watch kept over me. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  2. At this thought his anguish of mind became extreme. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  3. " I've forgotten how the rooms go," he said in extreme confusion. – The Darling and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  4. I mention the incident, for the extreme relief it afforded me at the close of a dark day. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  5. She see me, but she didn't stop her cryin', and the faces she wuz a- makin' wuz pitiful in the extreme, and skairful to anybody that hadn't seen 'em so much as I had. – Samantha at the World's Fair by Marietta Holley
  6. He lived to extreme age, and left a character that Spain has ever loved to hold in honor. – The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines by Hezekiah Butterworth
  7. " That is an extreme case," I said. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  8. Do not go to such an extreme, for your grief is death to me. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  9. Rather I rate it as of extreme significance. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  10. The extreme of regret that followed her was the sorrow of those who were to dine there no more; the grief of him who thought he should never have a house like it. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  11. He was staring at the lamp on the table, his expression bitter in the extreme. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  12. As it was on one side of the raft, Dot held on to the edge of the raft and felt her way along the hard logs under water until she reached the extreme end of the raft. – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne
  13. From every side soon came information, however, that the disorder was extreme. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  14. Not me, certainly, miss; though I must say he is a hundred times more polite to a person who has no longer extreme youth to recommend her than most of the young men. – Washington Square by Henry James
  15. It was trying in the extreme, but their gallant leader had resolved not to be defeated in his object, and all hands willingly followed him. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. Even under such extreme circumstances he was determined to do his best. – The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher by Isabel C. Byrum
  17. Only in very rare cases the blood revenge is threatened as an extreme measure. – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels