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extreme

adjective uk   /ɪkˈstriːm/ us  

extreme adjective (GREAT)

B2 very large in amount or degree: extreme pain/stupidity/wealth

extreme adjective (BAD)

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

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.

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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