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intense (adj.)

early 15c., of situations or qualities, "great, extreme," from Old French intense (13c.), from Latin intensus "stretched, strained, high-strung, tight," originally past participle of intendere in its literal sense of "stretch out, strain" (see intend). From 1630s of persons, "high-strung." Related: Intensely; intenseness.

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Definitions of intense from WordNet

intense (adj.)
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree;
intense pain
intense anxiety
the skunk's intense acrid odor
intense desire
intense emotion
enemy fire was intense
intense heat
intense (adj.)
extremely sharp or severe;
intense itching and burning
Synonyms: acute
intense (adj.)
(of color) having the highest saturation;
intense blue
Synonyms: vivid
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