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enormity


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Enormity  \E*nor"mi*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Enormities}.  [L.  enormitas  fr 
  enormis  enormous:  cf  F.  ['e]normit['e].  See  {Enormous}.] 
  1.  The  state  or  quality  of  exceeding  a  measure  or  rule  or  of 
  being  immoderate,  monstrous,  or  outrageous. 
 
  The  enormity  of  his  learned  acquisitions.  --De 
  Quincey. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  enormous;  especially,  an  exceeding  offense 
  against  order  right  or  decency;  an  atrocious  crime; 
  flagitious  villainy;  an  atrocity. 
 
  These  clamorous  enormities  which  are  grown  too  big 
  and  strong  for  law  or  shame.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  enormity 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  outrageous  [syn:  {outrageousness}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  extreme  wickedness 
  3:  an  act  of  extreme  wickedness 




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