- greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.; huge; immense: an enormous fortune.
- outrageous or atrocious: enormous wickedness; enormous crimes.
Origin of enormous
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Examples from the Web for enormous
After all, we have constructed Fortress America at enormous cost.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
"We live on enormous territory, our eyes have different shapes, we believe in different religions," she said.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
He has not changed his view in prison despite the enormous pressure exerted on him by the regime.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
That had to give them an enormous reservoir of moral strength and solace.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
A smirking Ramone is shown wearing both a CBGB shirt and heavy gold chains, posing next to an enormous boombox.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
All sorts of labor is got at enormous rates of compensation.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
The enormous importance of this work will be at once perceived.
There was an enormous complacency in his air over the event.Within the Law
I absolutely declined to accept or admit the enormous truth hidden in them.De Profundis
The profits of these were enormous, and when he died in 1759 he left investments to the extent of 20,000.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- unusually large in size, extent, or degree; immense; vast
- archaic extremely wicked; heinous
Word Origin and History for enormous
Meaning "extraordinary in size" is attested from 1540s; original sense of "outrageous" is more clearly preserved in enormity. Earlier in same sense was enormyous (mid-15c.). Related: Enormously.