extreme noun

ADJ. opposite, polar Their views are at opposite extremes from each other. | climatic, political, temperature It's a difficult place to live because of its climatic extremes.

VERB + EXTREME avoid Avoid any extremes of emotional behaviour. | go to He went to the extreme of adulation, describing Churchill as the greatest man who ever lived. | carry sth to, take sth to It's foolish to take any dieting to extremes.

PREP. at an/the At the extreme, some nuclear waste is so radioactive it has to be kept isolated for thousands of years. | between ~s There has to be a solution between these extremes. | in the ~ His voice was scornful in the extreme. | to the ~ She was always kindly and generous to the extreme. | ~s of These photographs show extremes of obesity and emaciation.

PHRASES at one extreme, at the other extreme At the other extreme, women still childless at 32 were more likely to be from a professional background. | go from one extreme to the other She goes from one extreme to the other, and either works very hard or does absolutely nothing.