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English definition of “extreme”

extreme

noun [C]     /ɪkˈstriːm/
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
(Definition of extreme noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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