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enormous
WordNet 2.0
  • extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
  • "an enormous boulder"
  • "enormous expenses"
  • "tremendous sweeping plains"
  • "a tremendous fact in human experience
  • that a whole civilization should be dependent on technology"- Walter Li
enormous
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal. "Enormous bliss." Milton. "This enormous state." Shak. "The hoop's enormous size." Jenyns.

    "Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait." -- Milton.

    2. Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous; as, an enormous crime.

    "That detestable profession of a life so enormous." -- Bale.

    Syn. -- Huge; vast; immoderate; immense; excessive; prodigious; monstrous. -- Enormous, Immense, Excessive. We speak of a thing as enormous when it overpasses its ordinary law of existence or far exceeds its proper average or standard, and becomes -- so to speak -- abnormal in its magnitude, degree, etc.; as, a man of enormous strength; a deed of enormous wickedness. Immense expresses somewhat indefinitely an immeasurable quantity or extent. Excessive is applied to what is beyond a just measure or amount, and is always used in an evil; as, enormous size; an enormous crime; an immense expenditure; the expanse of ocean is immense. "Excessive levity and indulgence are ultimately excessive rigor." V. Knox. "Complaisance becomes servitude when it is excessive." La Rochefoucauld (Trans).

 

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