What does extreme mean?

Definitions for extreme

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word extreme.

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

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. Janice Nolen:

    We've made great strides cleaning up some of the sources [ of pollution ]. We have much cleaner vehicles, power plants are doing better, but a lot of this is challenged by the current administration's rollbacks and with climate change, because we have such extreme weather patterns of drought and wildfire and that can add to particle pollution.

  2. Abraham Lincoln:

    While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.

  3. Kevin Reed:

    What that means is not only is climate change impacting our hurricane season, but it's also impacting the most extreme storms a little bit more, so the key takeaway is that Climate Change is here, and that Climate Change's already affecting our hurricane seasons.

  4. Wang Jianlin:

    Wanda's next task is to widely market this global extreme, endurance sport in China.

  5. Richard Benson:

    March was a period of wild deleveraging, sharp reversals, and extreme moves.

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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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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. ostensive
    • B. bristly
    • C. splay
    • D. naiant

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