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slang Serious or severe, perhaps to an overwhelming degree. That war movie was way too intense—I had to turn it off. Whoa, that accident sounds intense! Are you OK?
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crash course (in something)

a short and intense training course in something. I took a crash course in ballroom dancing so we wouldn't look stupid on the dance floor.
See also: course, crash
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

crash course

A short, intensive training course, as in Daisy planned to take a crash course in cooking before she got married. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: course, crash
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


mod. serious; heavy. Oh, wow! Now that’s what I call intense!
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Though Wordsworth's gloss on the poem emphasizes the "moment when the intenseness of his mind is beginning to remit," the poetic lines obscure that lapse.
intensity: State or quality of being intense; intenseness; extreme degree; as, intensity of heat, cold, or light.
She hates him with an intensive intenseness and yet I think he's cute.
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Just as the intenseness of my green eyes gazed back at me, so did the posture that I saw as grotesque and horrible.
'Who, when he first saw the sand and ashes by a casual intenseness of heat melted into metalline form, rugged with excrescences and clouded with impurities, would have imagined that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life as would, in time, constitute a great part of the happiness of the world?' Dr Johnson, the English eighteenth-century savant, was remarkably perceptive about the nature of glass that, as he pointed out, is a 'body at once in a high degree solid and transparent; which might admit the light of the sun, and exclude the violence of the wind'.
Then he launches into his life history with an articulate intenseness. He obviously wants his message to be heard and spells out the high and low points with equal bluntness.