bilingual ONyomi mnemonic: TODAY (Kyou) it's COOL to be extreme.
The pirate jumped out from behind a tree and is clawing your mouth with his pirate hook and you are kicking him in the crotch and it is so fucking EXTREME.
|( を ) きわ＊める||
extremely. good OR bad. Usually used like: ｘｘｘ極める; extremely good at XXX. Or, the tyrant was extremely cruel.
extreme - Ｕsed about people, people who take things too far. (not tempratures or political ideologies) A 2-foot-tall mohawk is 極端.
to get to the bottom of. To exactly assess or find the reason for something.
the ultimate, definitive, comprehensive something-or-other
The WHITE-water rafting is intense!!!!!, but the TREE is extremely tall!!!!