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enormousness

[ih-nawr-muh s-nis] /ɪˈnɔr məs nɪs/
noun
1.
very great or abnormal size, bulk, degree, etc.; immensity; hugeness.
Origin of enormousness
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; enormous + -ness
Can be confused
enormity, enormousness (see usage note at enormity)
Usage note
See enormity.
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  • He had not realized the enormousness of the task of putting a fellow-man out of the world.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • But what is most astonishing about the Tribute is its enormousness.

  • We speak of the enormity of an offence but of the enormousness of a crowd.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • They were silent alike before the enormousness and the enormity of this.

  • And I thought, too, of the enormousness of their stationery bills.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • I urged him with the enormousness of the offence, but I made no impression.

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • I'm as liberal as any of them—or that my liberality won't cost me anything—the enormousness of the data that we shall have.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • So letter-perfect was he in his lines that a layman might have scouted his realization of the enormousness of his responsibility.

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer
  • But no merely physical ratio can convey the impression of enormousness that a great naval gun makes on the imagination.

    The Western Front Muirhead Bone

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