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Definitions of extreme

  1. What are furthest distant from each other. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. the furthest or highest degree of something; "he carried it to extremes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a body; extremity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger, distress, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the middle term being interposed between them. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The first or the last term of a proportion or series. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The utmost degree of anything; extremity; excess; end. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The utmost point or verge of a thing; that part which terminates a body; extremity; "Between the extremes of both promontorise."-Dampier; utmost point; utmost limit or degree that can be supposed or tolerated; either of two states or feelings as different from furthest degree; as, the extremes of heat and cold; the extremes of virtue an vice; avoid extremes; extreme suffering, misery, or distress; extremity; "Tending to some relief of our extremes."-Milton: in logic, either of extreme terms of a syllogism, that is, the predicate and subject-thus, "Man is an animal; Peter is a man, therefore Peter is an animal; " the word animal is the greater extreme, Peter the less extreme, and man the medium; in math. either of the first and last terms of a proportion; as, when three magnitudes are proportional the rectangle contained by the extremes is equal to the square of the mean. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. The utmost limit or degree; extremity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The highest or utmost degree; farthest point or limit; extremity; first or last term of a proportion or series. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Extremist. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The utmost point or verge; end; furthest degree; extremity; the extreme terms of a syllogism, the predicate and subject of the conclusion, as distinct from the middle term with which they are compared in the premises; the first and last terms of a proportion Extreme unction, among the Rom. Catholics, the anointing of a sick person with oil when about to die, usually just before death. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. That part which terminates; utmost point. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Extremely. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. most distant in any direction; "the extreme edge of town" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity; "extreme cold"; "extreme caution"; "extreme pleasure"; "utmost contempt"; "to the utmost degree"; "in the uttermost distress" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree; "an extreme example"; "extreme temperatures"; "extreme danger" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. At the utmost point, edge, or border; outermost; utmost; farthest; most remote; at the widest limit. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The best of worst; most urgent; greatest; highest; immoderate; excessive; most violent; as, an extreme case; extreme folly. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Radical; ultra; as, extreme opinions. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Last; final; conclusive; - said of time; as, the extreme hour of life. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Extended or contracted as much as possible; - said of intervals; as, an extreme sharp second; an extreme flat forth. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Of the highest degree; last; utmost; furthest; final; most severe or strict. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Outermost; utmost; furthest; at the utmost point, edge, or border; as, the extreme verge or point of a thing; "The extremest shore."-Southey; worst or best that can exist or be supposed; greatest; most violent or urgent; utmost; as, extreme pain, grief or suffering; extreme joy or pleasure; an extreme case; last; beyond which there is none; as, the extreme hour of life; carrying principles to the uttermost; holding the strongest possible views; ultra; "The Puritans or extreme Protestants."-Gladstone; in music, superfiuous or augmented; thus, the extreme sharp sixth is the augmented sixth. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Outermost; utmost; excessive. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. Farthest; outermost; utmost; severe; excessive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Outermost; furthest off; most pressing; worst or best that can exist or be supposed; last; beyond which there is none; going extreme lengths. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Furthest; outermost; most violent; highest in degree; most pressing; rigorous; strict. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. With my death the clew might be finally lost, and my life was consequently of extreme importance to them, and therefore they took steps to have me rescued, and the fact that they learned this and knew how friendly I was with Gibbons shows how close was the watch kept over me. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  2. At this thought his anguish of mind became extreme – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
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