Meaning of EXTREME in English

I. ik-ˈstrēm adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin extremus, superlative of exter, exterus being on the outside — more at exterior

Date: 15th century


a. : existing in a very high degree

extreme poverty

b. : going to great or exaggerated lengths : radical

went on an extreme diet

c. : exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected

extreme weather conditions

2. archaic : last

3. : situated at the farthest possible point from a center

the country's extreme north


a. : most advanced or thoroughgoing

the extreme political left

b. : maximum


a. : of, relating to, or being an outdoor activity or a form of a sport (as skiing) that involves an unusually high degree of physical risk

extreme mountain biking down steep slopes

b. : involved in an extreme sport

an extreme snowboarder

Synonyms: see excessive

• ex·treme·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1555


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

extreme s of heat and cold

b. : the first term or the last term of a mathematical proportion

c. : the major term or minor term of a syllogism


a. : a very pronounced or excessive degree

b. : highest degree : maximum

3. : an extreme measure or expedient

going to extreme s

- in the extreme

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.