Definitions for extreme
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word extreme.
the furthest or highest degree of something
"he carried it to extremes"
extreme point, extreme, extremumadjective
the point located farthest from the middle of something
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"
far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree
"an extreme example"; "extreme temperatures"; "extreme danger"
beyond a norm in views or actions
"an extreme conservative"; "an extreme liberal"; "extreme views on integration"; "extreme opinions"
most distant in any direction
"the extreme edge of town"
The greatest or utmost point, degree or condition
Each of the things at opposite ends of a range or scale.
extremes of temperature
A drastic expedient.
Either of the two numbers at the ends of a proportion, as 1 and 6 in 1:2=3:6.
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.
Ultimate, final or last.
Etymology: extremus, the superlative of exterus
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
Extreme refers to the greatest possible degree or extent of something, or a condition, action, or situation that is furthest from the average or normal state. This term is generally used to describe situations or things that are very unusual or severe. It may also refer to the highest degree of intensity, the end or limit in a series, or the highest or lowest value in a mathematical or statistical set.
at the utmost point, edge, or border; outermost; utmost; farthest; most remote; at the widest limit
last; final; conclusive; -- said of time; as, the extreme hour of life
the best of worst; most urgent; greatest; highest; immoderate; excessive; most violent; as, an extreme case; extreme folly
radical; ultra; as, extreme opinions
extended or contracted as much as possible; -- said of intervals; as, an extreme sharp second; an extreme flat forth
the utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a body; extremity
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
an extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger, distress, etc
either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the middle term being interposed between them
the first or the last term of a proportion or series
Etymology: [L. extremus, superl. of exter, extrus, on the outside, outward: cf. F. extrme. See Exterior.]
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
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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Rank popularity for the word 'extreme' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4546
Rank popularity for the word 'extreme' in Nouns Frequency: #2975
Rank popularity for the word 'extreme' in Adjectives Frequency: #411
The numerical value of extreme in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of extreme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Republicans are extreme on gun safety and want our communities flooded with weapons of war. Republicans are extreme in trying to deny women the freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions. Republicans are extreme with respect to the January 6th insurrection, and it appears that many of them no longer believe in democracy. Republicans are extreme on Social Security on August 15 and Social Security and Medicare, which they want to end in five years, and Republicans are extreme in their inability to actually support legislation that would lower costs for everyday Americans, republicans are out of touch with the American people and undeserving of the opportunity to govern.
We're dealing with more extreme weather events which means more extreme droughts, more extreme heat when we get into those phases which leads into things like bug kill with our trees and types of things that make our forests more susceptible to burn. There are a lot of things at play here that have brought us to this point of these significant wildfire years.
The hardest job for a politician today is to have the courage to be a moderate. It's easy to take an extreme position.
We have seen consecutive years, most recently the last five years, of some really extreme fire seasons. The centralized areas where those extreme conditions are might change like this year, we are seeing them in the middle of the Northern Rockies area into Montana. The focus area does shift but the tendency for us to see extreme fire seasons does remain the same.
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Translations for extreme
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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
- ekstremo, plej fora, ekstremaEsperanto
- äärimmäinen, liiallinen, extreme, törkeäFinnish
- extrême, excessif, excessiveFrench
- ekstrèmHaitian Creole
- profonda, profondo, estrema, estremoItalian
- 究極, 極限, 極端Japanese
- 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
- крайній, екстремальний, надмірний, далекийUkrainian
- حدِاکثر, مشکل ترین, نہایت, اقصی نقطہ, آخری, مقام انتہا, پرخطر, انتہائیUrdu
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