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ultra


adjective

  1. going beyond what is usual or ordinary; excessive; extreme.

noun

  1. an extremist, as in politics, religion, fashion, etc.
  2. (initial capital letter) Military. the British code name for intelligence gathered by decrypting German wireless communications enciphered on the Enigma machine during World War II.

  1. a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “on the far side of, beyond.” In relation to the base to which it is prefixed, ultra- has the senses “located beyond, on the far side of” (ultramontane; ultraviolet), “carrying to the furthest degree possible, on the fringe of” (ultraleft; ultramodern), “extremely” (ultralight); nouns to which it is added denote, in general, objects, properties, phenomena, etc., that surpass customary norms, or instruments designed to produce or deal with such things (ultramicroscope; ultrasound; ultrastructure).

noun

  1. the highest point; acme.
  2. the most intense degree of a quality or state.

adjective

  1. extreme or immoderate, esp in beliefs or opinions

noun

  1. an extremist

noun

  1. the extreme or perfect point or state

prefix

  1. beyond or surpassing a specified extent, range, or limitultramicroscopic
  2. extreme or extremelyultramodern

prefix meaning “beyond” (ultraviolet) or “extremely” (ultramodern), from Latin ultra- from ultra (adv. and prep.) “beyond, on the further side,” from PIE *al- “beyond.” In common use from early 19c., it appears to have arisen from French political designations. As its own word, a noun meaning “extremist” of various stripes, it is first recorded 1817, from French ultra, shortening of ultra-royaliste “extreme royalist.” “utmost limit to which one can go,” Latin, literally “no more beyond;” the motto traditionally inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules. pref.

  1. Beyond; on the other side of:ultraviolet.
  2. Beyond the range, scope, or limit of:ultrasonic.

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