Meaning of EXTREME in English

I. adjective


very great

the project demanded extreme secrecy

Synonyms: utmost, uttermost


Synonyms: ardent 2, intense

Related Word: deep, moving


departing sharply from the traditional or usual

extreme political views

Synonyms: extremist, fanatic, rabid, radical, revolutional, revolutionary, revolutionist, ultra, ultraist; compare outlandish 3

Related Word: excessive, immoderate; desperate, drastic; extravagant, unreasonable; violent, wild

Contrasted words: conservative, moderate, restrained; reasonable, sensible


Synonyms: excessive 1, dizzy, exorbitant, extravagant, immoderate, inordinate, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmeasurable

Related Word: intolerable, unwarranted


most distant from a center

the extreme edge of the city

Synonyms: farthest, furthermost, furthest, outermost, outmost, remotest, utmost, uttermost

II. noun


an extreme state or condition

an extreme of poverty

Synonyms: extremity

Related Word: excess, inordinancy


something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range

extremes of heat and cold

Synonyms: extremity, limit

Related Word: climax, consummation, culmination; ceiling, crest, crown, height; peak, pinnacle, summit, top; maximum, utmost, uttermost

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