from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. At the point of death.
- adv. In grave or extreme circumstances.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- At the point of death.
- In desperate circumstances.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In extremity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at the point of death
Latin in extrēmīs : in, in + extrēmīs, ablative pl. of extrēmus, extreme.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin. (Wiktionary)
But no dialogue between man and wife in extremis could be more pathetic than that in the scene where shipwreck is imminent.