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extreme

adjective uk   /ɪkˈstriːm/ us  

extreme adjective (GREAT)

B2 very large in amount or degree: extreme pain/stupidity/wealthEnormousBig and quite big

extreme adjective (BAD)

B2 very severe or bad: extreme weather conditions In extreme cases, the disease can lead to blindness.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

extreme adjective (BELIEFS)

C2 describes beliefs and political parties that most people consider unreasonable and unacceptable: He has rather extreme views. He's on the extreme right wing of the party.Unsuitable and unacceptable

extreme adjective (FURTHEST POINT)

[before noun] at the furthest point, especially from the centre: They live in the extreme south of the island.Distant in space and time

extreme

noun [C] uk   /ɪkˈstriːm/ us  
the largest possible amount or degree of something: I've never witnessed such extremes of wealth and poverty. Most people I know work fairly hard but she takes it to extremes.Extremely good in the extreme used for emphasis; extremely: Some of the scenes were unpleasant in the extreme.Intensifying expressions a situation, feeling, etc. that is the opposite or very different from another one: My moods seem to go from one extreme to another (= my moods often change from very bad to very good).Different and differenceOpposites
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