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Enormous definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENOR'MOUS, a. [L. enormis; e and norma, a rule.]
1. Going beyond the usual measure or rule.
Enormous in their gait.
2. Excursive; beyond the limits of a regular figure.
The enormous part of the light in the circumference of every lucid point.
3. Great beyond the common measure; excessive; as enormous crime or guilt.
4. Exceeding, in bulk or highth, the common measure; as an enormous form; a man of enormous size.
5. Irregular; confused; disordered; unusual.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: 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" [syn: enormous, tremendous]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Latin enormis, from e, ex out of + norma rule Date: 1531 1. a. archaic abnormal, inordinate b. exceedingly wicked ; shocking <an enormous sin> 2. marked by extraordinarily great size, number, or degree; especially exceeding usual bounds or accepted notions enormously adverb enormousness noun Synonyms: enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness <an enormous expense> <an immense shopping mall>. huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount <incurred a huge debt>. vast usually suggests immensity of extent <the vast Russian steppes>. gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind <a gigantic sports stadium>. colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions <a colossal statue of Lincoln>. mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk <a mammoth boulder>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. very large; huge (enormous animals; an enormous difference). Derivatives: enormously adv. enormousness n. Etymology: L enormis (as E-, norma pattern, standard)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Enormous 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).

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Something that is enormous is extremely large in size or amount. The main bedroom is enormous... There is, of course, an enormous amount to see. ADJ 2. You can use enormous to emphasize the great degree or extent of something. It was an enormous disappointment. ADJ: usu ADJ n [emphasis] enormously This book was enormously influential... ADV: ADV adj, ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. (Rare.) Inordinate, irregular, abnormal, exceptional. 2. Huge, monstrous, immense, vast, gigantic, colossal, prodigious, Cyclopean, Herculean, elephantine, very large. 3. Flagitious, atrocious, heinous, nefarious, outrageous, depraved, very wicked.

Moby Thesaurus

Atlantean, Brobdingnagian, Cyclopean, Gargantuan, Herculean, Homeric, a bit much, abandoned, abominable, abysmal, amplitudinous, arrant, astronomic, astronomical, atrocious, awesome, awful, base, beastly, beneath contempt, blameworthy, boundless, brutal, bulky, colossal, contemptible, cosmic, deplorable, despicable, detestable, dire, disgusting, dreadful, egregious, elephantine, epic, exaggerated, excessive, exorbitant, extensive, extravagant, extreme, fabulous, fancy, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul, fulsome, galactic, gargantuan, giant, giantlike, gigantic, gluttonous, grievous, gross, hateful, heinous, heroic, high, horrible, horrid, huge, hyperbolic, hypertrophied, immeasurable, immense, immoderate, incontinent, infamous, infinite, inordinate, intemperate, jumbo, king-size, lamentable, large, loathsome, lousy, mammoth, massive, massy, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, out of bounds, out of sight, outrageous, outsize, overbig, overdeveloped, overgreat, overgrown, overlarge, overmuch, overweening, pitiable, pitiful, prodigious, profound, rank, regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, sad, scandalous, schlock, scurvy, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, sizable, sordid, spacious, squalid, steep, stiff, stupendous, terrible, titanic, too bad, too much, towering, tremendous, unbridled, unclean, unconscionable, undue, unreasonable, unrestrained, vast, vile, villainous, voluminous, weighty, woeful, worst, worthless, wretched



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