Extreme - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈstriːm|  American pronunciation of the word extreme
Brit.  |ɪkˈstriːm|  British pronunciation of the word extreme


- the furthest or highest degree of something
- the point located farthest from the middle of something (syn: extremum)


- of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity(syn: utmost, uttermost)
- far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree
- beyond a norm in views or actions
- most distant in any direction


The plant is sensitive to extreme heat and cold.

They are living in extreme poverty.

She went on an extreme diet.

Many thought that the punishment was too extreme for the crime.

The plan was rejected as too extreme.

This is an extreme example of what can happen when a company grows too quickly.

He has extreme opinions when it comes to politics.

Members of the extreme right opposed the legislation.

After spending lavishly for years, the company has now gone to the opposite extreme and has cut expenses drastically.

His mood changed from one extreme to the other.

He knew that he was in extreme peril.

Extremes meet.

He was dressed in the extreme of the English fashion.

This would be running into a very absurd extreme.

Extreme poverty still exists in many rural areas.

Word forms

singular: extreme
plural: extremes
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman