What does Extreme mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extremenoun

    the furthest or highest degree of something

    "he carried it to extremes"

  2. extreme point, extreme, extremumadjective

    the point located farthest from the middle of something

  3. extreme, utmost(a), uttermost(a)adjective

    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"

  4. extremeadjective

    far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree

    "an extreme example"; "extreme temperatures"; "extreme danger"

  5. extremeadjective

    beyond a norm in views or actions

    "an extreme conservative"; "an extreme liberal"; "extreme views on integration"; "extreme opinions"

  6. extremeadjective

    most distant in any direction

    "the extreme edge of town"


  1. extremenoun

    The greatest or utmost point, degree or condition

  2. extremenoun

    Each of the things at opposite ends of a range or scale.

    extremes of temperature

  3. extremenoun

    A drastic expedient.

  4. extremenoun

    Either of the two numbers at the ends of a proportion, as 1 and 6 in 1:2=3:6.

  5. extremeadverb


  6. extremeadjective

    Of a place, the most remote, farthest or outermost.

    At the extreme edges, the coating is very thin.

  7. extremeadjective

    In the greatest or highest degree; intense.

    He has an extreme aversion to needles, and avoids visiting the doctor.

  8. extremeadjective

    Excessive, or far beyond the norm.

    His extreme love of model trains showed in the rails that criscrossed his entire home.

  9. extremeadjective

    Drastic, or of great severity.

    I think the new laws are extreme, but many believe them necessary for national security.

  10. extremeadjective

    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.

  11. extremeadjective

    Ultimate, final or last.

  12. Etymology: extremus, the superlative of exterus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXTREMEadjective

    This word is sometimes corrupted by the superlative termination, of which it is by no means capable, as it has in itself the superlative signification.

    Etymology: extremus, Latin.

    He that will take away extreme heat by setting the body in extremity of cold, shall undoubtedly remove the disease; but together with it the diseased too. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 8.

    The Lord shall smite thee with a fever, an inflammation, and an extreme burning. Deutr. xxviii. 22.

    They thought it the extremest of evils to put themselves at the mercy of those hungry and disorderly people. Francis Bacon.

    The hairy fool
    Stood on th’ extremest verge of the swift brook,
    Augmenting it with tears. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Miseno’s cape and Bauli last he view’d,
    That on the sea’s extremest borders stood. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Farewel, ungrateful and unkind! I go,
    Condemn’d by thee, to those sad shades below:
    I go th’ extremest remedy to prove,
    To drink oblivion, and to drench my love. Dryden.

    Cases of necessity being sometime but urgent, sometime extreme, the consideration of publick utility is urged equivalent to the easier kind of necessity. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 9.

  2. Extremenoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Thither by harpy-footed furies hal’d,
    At certain revolutions, all the damn’d
    Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
    Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce;
    From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
    Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
    Immoveable, infix’d, and frozen round
    Periods of time; thence hurried back to fire. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Avoid extremes, and shun the faults of such
    Who still are pleas’d too little, or too much. Alexander Pope.

    They cannot bear that human nature, which they know to be imperfect, should be praised in an extreme, without opposition. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.

    The true Protestant religion is seated in the golden mean; the enemies unto her are the extremes on either hand. Francis Bacon.

    The syllogistical form only shews, that if the intermediate idea agrees with those it is on both sides immediately applied to, then those two remote ones, or, as they are called, extremes, do certainly agree. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extremeadjective

    at the utmost point, edge, or border; outermost; utmost; farthest; most remote; at the widest limit

  2. Extremeadjective

    last; final; conclusive; -- said of time; as, the extreme hour of life

  3. Extremeadjective

    the best of worst; most urgent; greatest; highest; immoderate; excessive; most violent; as, an extreme case; extreme folly

  4. Extremeadjective

    radical; ultra; as, extreme opinions

  5. Extremeadjective

    extended or contracted as much as possible; -- said of intervals; as, an extreme sharp second; an extreme flat forth

  6. Extremenoun

    the utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a body; extremity

  7. Extremenoun

    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

  8. Extremenoun

    an extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger, distress, etc

  9. Extremenoun

    either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the middle term being interposed between them

  10. Extremenoun

    the first or the last term of a proportion or series

  11. Etymology: [L. extremus, superl. of exter, extrus, on the outside, outward: cf. F. extrme. See Exterior.]


  1. Extreme

    Extreme is an American rock band, headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, that reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among some of Extreme's musical influences are Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Queen. The band played at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, also jammed with Brian May and Van Halen, and Cherone joined Van Halen in 1996. The band has described their music as "Funky Metal" in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock. They have released five studio albums, two EPs and two compilation albums since their formation. The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the early 1990s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold in May 1991 and 2×platinum in October 1992. That album featured the acoustic ballad single "More Than Words," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extreme

    eks-trēm′, adj. outermost: most remote: last: highest in degree: greatest: excessive: most violent: most urgent: stringent.—n. the utmost point or verge: end: utmost or highest limit or degree: great necessity.—adv. Extrēme′ly.—ns. Extrē′mism; Extrē′mist.—adj. Extrem′ital.—n. Extrem′ity, the utmost limit: the highest degree: greatest necessity or distress: (pl.) the hands and feet.—Extreme unction (see Unction).—Go to extremes, to go too far: to use extreme measures.—In extremis (L.), at the point of death; In the extreme, in the last, highest degree: extremely; The last extremity, the utmost pitch of misfortune: death. [O. Fr. extreme—L. extremus, superl. of exter, on the outside.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extreme' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3053

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extreme' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4546

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extreme' in Nouns Frequency: #2975

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Extreme' in Adjectives Frequency: #411

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Extreme in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Extreme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Extreme in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Swain:

    We haven’t seen the mega floods, but we have definitely seen hints of increasingly extreme precipitation even in the middle of what has otherwise been a period characterized by a pretty severe and persistent drought.

  2. Martha Ordonez:

    Femicide represents the most extreme form of violence and discrimination against women. It's quite a concern in Colombia. Some women don't know their rights, that they have the right to be treated with respect and not be abused.

  3. Carsten Fritsch:

    It's a continuation of yesterday's move, what we see still is extreme volatility. I would not be surprised to see prices retreating again by a big margin in coming days.

  4. John Lott:

    This case illustrates how extreme the District of Columbia’s opposition to concealed carry has been, here you have law enforcement who are offering to protect others for free, and the District has borne large legal costs to stop them from doing it.

  5. Jason Miller:

    Antifa blaming is relatively rare outside the extreme fringe, what I've seen much more of is an effort to minimize the severity of what happened and/or the role of President Trump and other elite conservatives.

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  • أخير, أقصى, الأبعد, لأكثر, في الراضة معناه صعب وفي بئات وظروف خطيرة, شديد, مميت, خطير, غير اعتيادي, الأقصىArabic
  • крайност, краен, последен, екстремен, извънреден, най-далечен, драстиченBulgarian
  • extremCatalan, Valencian
  • krajní, extrém, extrémníCzech
  • ekstremDanish
  • extremGerman
  • ekstremo, plej fora, ekstremaEsperanto
  • extremoSpanish
  • äärimmäinen, liiallinen, extreme, törkeäFinnish
  • extrême, excessif, excessiveFrench
  • קיצוניHebrew
  • ekstrèmHaitian Creole
  • ekstrimIndonesian
  • extremaIdo
  • profonda, profondo, estrema, estremoItalian
  • קיצוניHebrew
  • 究極, 極限, 極端Japanese
  • ក្រៃលែងKhmer
  • ekstremMalay
  • intense, afgelegen, intens, drastische, ultieme, extreem, extreme, drastisch, ultiem, overmatige, overmatig, uitersteDutch
  • skrajność, ekstremum, ekstremalny, drastyczny, ekstrema, nadzwyczajny, skrajnyPolish
  • extremo, excessivo, últimoPortuguese
  • чрезме́рный, чрезвыча́йный, да́льний, кра́йний, после́дний, экстрема́льныйRussian
  • ytterst, extrem, avlägsenSwedish
  • తీవ్రమైనTelugu
  • крайній, екстремальний, надмірний, далекийUkrainian
  • حدِاکثر, مشکل ترین, نہایت, اقصی نقطہ, آخری, مقام انتہا, پرخطر, انتہائیUrdu
  • עקסטרעםYiddish
  • 極端Chinese

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    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. sought
    • B. profound
    • C. dangerous
    • D. occasional

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