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Meaning of ENORMOUS

Pronunciation:  i'normus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  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 Lippman; "a plane took off with a tremendous noise"
 

ENORMOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: big, large, tremendous
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\E*nor"mous\, a. [L. enormis enormous, out of rule; e
out + norma rule: cf. F. ['e]norme. See {Normal}.]
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.

Usage: -- {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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