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enormous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  enormous 
  adj  :  extraordinarily  large  in  size  or  extent  or  amount  or  power 
  or  degree;  "an  enormous  boulder";  "enormous  expenses"; 
  "tremendous  sweeping  plains";  "a  tremendous  face  in 
  human  experience;  that...civilization  should  be 
  dependent  on  technology"-  Walter  Lippman  "a  plane  took 
  off  with  a  tremendous  noise"  [syn:  {tremendous}] 




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