intense

Intense means strong or extreme. If you accidentally spill a cup of hot coffee on yourself, you’ll probably feel intense heat, intense pain, and — if anyone happened to be watching — intense embarrassment.

When using intense, we often refer to a specific feeling or emotion, as in the case of “intense dread” or “intense happiness.” Intense can also be used to describe exciting experiences as well as people with strong or insistent personalities. For example, if your intense friend insists on taking you bungee jumping, you’re guaranteed to have an intense experience. Intense comes from a Latin word meaning “stretched,” implying that something has been stretched to its maximum limit.

Definitions of intense
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adj possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

intense heat”
intense anxiety”
intense desire”
intense emotion”
“the skunk's intense acrid odor”
intense pain”
“enemy fire was intense
Synonyms:
aggravated
made more severe or intense especially in law
bad, big
very intense
blood-and-guts
marked by great zeal or violence
brutal, unrelenting
harsh
cold
so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
concentrated
intensely focused
consuming, overwhelming
very intense
deep
extreme
exquisite, keen
intense or sharp
extreme, utmost, uttermost
of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity
fierce, tearing, trigger-happy, vehement, violent
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
intensified
made more intense
intensive
characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
main
of force; of the greatest possible intensity
profound
of the greatest intensity; complete
raging
very severe
screaming
so extremely intense as to evoke screams
severe, terrible, wicked
intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
smart
painfully severe
strong
not faint or feeble
terrific
very great or intense
deep, thick
(of darkness) very intense
unabated
continuing at full strength or intensity
violent, wild
(of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits
profound
showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
intemperate
excessive in behavior
Antonyms:
mild
moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
gentle, soft
soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
mild-mannered
behaving in or having a mild or gentle manner
moderate, temperate
not extreme
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
temperate
not extreme in behavior
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adj extremely sharp or intense

intense itching and burning”
Synonyms:
acute
sharp
keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

adj (of color) having the highest saturation

intense blue”
Synonyms:
vivid
pure, saturated
(of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black

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