Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "extreme" []

  • Most remote in any direction; outermost or farthest: the extreme edge of the field. (adjective)
  • Being in or attaining the greatest or highest degree; very intense: extreme pleasure; extreme pain. (adjective)
  • Extending far beyond the norm: an extreme conservative. See Synonyms at excessive. (adjective)
  • Of the greatest severity; drastic: took extreme measures to conserve fuel. (adjective)
  • Biology Characterized by severe, usually oxygen-poor environmental conditions. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "extreme" in a sentence
  • "Democrats and Republicans alike need to exercise candor in rejecting extreme nominees, tempered by good sense as to who’s really *extreme* and who’s just somebody one disagrees with."
  • "The White House's use of the word extreme was inappropriate for this situation."
  • "Take the term extreme sports to a whole new level, I'll tell you that."