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intense

[in-tens] /ɪnˈtɛns/
adjective
1.
existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree:
intense heat.
2.
acute, strong, or vehement, as sensations, feelings, or emotions:
intense anger.
3.
of an extreme kind; very great, as in strength, keenness, severity, or the like:
an intense gale.
4.
having a characteristic quality in a high degree:
The intense sunlight was blinding.
5.
strenuous or earnest, as activity, exertion, diligence, or thought:
an intense life.
6.
exhibiting a high degree of some quality or action.
7.
having or showing great strength, strong feeling, or tension, as a person, the face, or language.
8.
susceptible to strong emotion; emotional:
an intense person.
9.
(of color) very deep:
intense red.
10.
Photography, dense (def 4).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin intēnsus, variant of intentus intent2, past participle of intendere to intend. See in-2, tense1
Related forms
intensely, adverb
intenseness, noun
hyperintense, adjective
hyperintensely, adverb
hyperintenseness, noun
overintense, adjective
overintensely, adverb
overintenseness, noun
superintense, adjective
superintensely, adverb
superintenseness, noun
Can be confused
intense, intensive, intents.
Synonyms
2. fervent, passionate, ardent, strong.
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British Dictionary definitions for superintense

intense

/ɪnˈtɛns/
adjective
1.
of extreme force, strength, degree, or amount intense heat
2.
characterized by deep or forceful feelings an intense person
Derived Forms
intensely, adverb
intenseness, noun
Usage note
Intense is sometimes wrongly used where intensive is meant: the land is under intensive (not intense) cultivation. Intensely is sometimes wrongly used where intently is meant: he listened intently (not intensely)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin intensus stretched, from intendere to stretch out; see intend
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Word Origin and History for superintense
intense
c.1400, from M.Fr. intense, from L. intensus "stretched, strained, tight," originally pp. of intendere "to stretch out, strain" (see intend); thus, literally, "high-strung." Intensity formed in Eng. 1665 (earlier was intenseness, 1614); sense of "extreme depth of feeling" first recorded 1830. Intensify (1817) was first used by Coleridge, in place of intend, which was no longer felt as connected with intense.
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Slang definitions & phrases for superintense

intense

adjective

Excellent; cool (1970s+ Teenagers)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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