ex|treme1 [ ık`strim ] adjective **
1. ) only before noun very great in degree:
extreme poverty/hardship
Use extreme caution when driving in wet conditions.
Will the clothing give protection against extreme cold?
2. ) considered unreasonable by most people:
extreme right-wing views
an extreme liberal
Their demands were seen as being too extreme.
It seemed a little extreme to call the police.
3. ) very unusual: EXCEPTIONAL:
an extreme case: In extreme cases, your membership may be canceled.
an extreme example (of something): This city's problems offer an extreme example of the difficulties faced by the country as a whole.
a ) much more severe or serious than usual:
The police were accused of using extreme violence against the protesters.
4. ) only before noun farthest away:
the extreme end/edge/tip: The wooden buildings are situated at the extreme tip of the island.
the extreme left/right/north/south: The minister is on the extreme left of the picture.
ex|treme 2 [ ık`strim ] noun count *
1. ) an opinion or way of behaving that is as different from another as it is possible to be:
at the other/opposite extreme: Louise goes to the gym every day. At the other extreme, her husband gets absolutely no exercise at all.
from one extreme to the other: In terms of healthy eating I go from one extreme to the other.
between two extremes: The public's views on genetic engineering seem to range between two extremes.
2. ) usually plural a very large or very small degree of something:
extreme of: Extremes of temperature are not good for your skin.
The country still contains extremes of wealth and poverty.
go to extremes or take/carry something to extremes
to do something much more than is usual or reasonable:
This is political correctness taken to extremes.
in the extreme FORMAL
extremely: used for emphasizing what you are saying:
It is unlikely in the extreme that she will change her mind.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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