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extreme

2 noun
     
extreme2 [countable]
1 a situation, quality etc which is as great as it can possibly be - used especially when talking about two opposites
extreme of
The bacteria can withstand extremes of heat and cold.
In fact, the truth lies between the two extremes.
at the other/opposite extreme
At the other extreme is a country like Switzerland with almost no unemployment.
Advertisements seem to go from one extreme to the other (=change from one extreme thing to something totally opposite).
2

in the extreme

to a very great degree:
This kind of experiment seems cruel in the extreme.
3

to extremes

if someone does something to extremes, they do it to a point beyond what is normal or acceptable
take/carry something to extremes
Problems only occur when this attitude is taken to extremes.
She had gone to extremes to avoid seeing him.

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