I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin extremus, superlative of exter, exterus being on the outside — more at exterior Date: 15th century 1. 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
4. a. most advanced or thoroughgoing <
the extreme political left
b. maximum 5. 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 excessiveextremeness noun II. noun Date: 1555 1. a. something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range <
extremes 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 2. a. a very pronounced or excessive degree b. highest degree ; maximum 3. an extreme measure or expedient <
going to extremes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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