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extreme

adjective uk   /ɪkˈstriːm/ us  

extreme adjective (GREAT)

B2 very large in amount or degree: extreme pain/stupidity/wealth
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extreme adjective (BAD)

B2 very severe or bad: extreme weather conditions In extreme cases, the disease can lead to blindness.

extreme adjective (BELIEFS)

C2 Extreme beliefs and political parties are considered by most people to be unreasonable and unacceptable: He has rather extreme views. He's on the extreme right wing of the party.

extreme adjective (FURTHEST POINT)

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

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.in the extreme used for emphasis; extremely: Some of the scenes were unpleasant in the extreme. 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).
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