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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    extremely sharp or intense
    intense itching and burning”
    synonyms: acute
    sharp
    keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point
  3. adjective
    (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