In the extreme

In the extreme
Extreme Ex*treme", n. 1. The utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a body; extremity. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

His parsimony went to the extreme of meanness. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

3. An extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger, distress, etc. ``Resolute in most extremes.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Logic) Either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the middle term being interposed between them. [1913 Webster]

5. (Math.) The first or the last term of a proportion or series. [1913 Webster]

{In the extreme} as much as possible. ``The position of the Port was difficult in the extreme.'' --J. P. Peters. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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