Meaning of intense

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

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