1 unusual, uncommon, exceptional, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, abnormal, different, extraordinary, remarkable:
We experienced extreme difficulty driving home.
2 immoderate, excessive, severe, intense, acute, maximum, worst:
This equipment is made to withstand extreme arctic conditions.
3 outermost, endmost, farthest, ultimate, utmost, uttermost, remotest, last, far-off, far-away, distant, very:
She walked to the extreme end of the pier.
4 rigid, stern, severe, strict, conservative, hidebound, stiff, stringent, restrictive, constrictive, uncompromising, Draconian, harsh, drastic:
Grandfather favoured taking extreme measures against terrorists.
5 unconventional, radical, outrageous, wild, weird, bizarre, queer, outrageous, offbeat, exotic, eccentric, different, outré, Slang far-out, way-out, US and Canadian kooky:
I find your outfit too extreme to wear in public.
6 beyond the pale or limits or bounds, extravagant, inordinate, excessive, disproportionate, outrageous:
Because of your extreme behaviour, you will be confined to the house for a week.
7 Often, extremes. limit(s), bounds, utmost, maximum, Colloq swing:
Try to be more moderate and to avoid extremes.
8 Often, go to extremes. limit(s), bounds, maximum, acme, zenith, pinnacle, summit, height, apex, apogee, peak, extremity; depth, nadir:
Thea's moods varied between the extremes of joy and grief.
9 in the extreme. extremely, very, exceptionally, exceedingly, extraordinarily, unusually:
His table manners are rude in the extreme.
Their views are at opposite extremes from each other.
| climatic, political, temperature
It's a difficult place to live because of its climatic extremes.
VERB + EXTREME
Avoid any extremes of emotional behaviour.
| go to
He went to the extreme of adulation, describing Churchill as the greatest man who ever lived.
| carry sth to, take sth to
It's foolish to take any dieting to extremes.
At the extreme, some nuclear waste is so radioactive it has to be kept isolated for thousands of years.
| between ~s
There has to be a solution between these extremes.
| in the ~
His voice was scornful in the extreme.
| to the ~
She was always kindly and generous to the extreme.
| ~s of
These photographs show extremes of obesity and emaciation.
at one extreme, at the other extreme
At the other extreme, women still childless at 32 were more likely to be from a professional background.
| go from one extreme to the other
She goes from one extreme to the other, and either works very hard or does absolutely nothing. adj
be, seem, sound | become
very | a bit, fairly, a little, quite, rather, somewhat
Some of his views seem rather extreme.
| dangerously | politically
at its most extreme
This is hero-worship at its most extreme.
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