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extraordinary

[ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˈstrɔr dnˌɛr i, ˌɛk strəˈɔr-/
adjective
1.
beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established:
extraordinary costs.
2.
exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable:
extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
3.
(of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility:
minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
Origin of extraordinary
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English extraordinarie < Latin extrāordinārius beyond what is ordinary. See extra-, ordinary
Related forms
extraordinarily
[ik-strawr-dn-air-uh-lee, ek-struh-awr-] /ɪkˌstrɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˌɛk strəˌɔr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
extraordinariness, noun
unextraordinary, adjective
Synonyms
1. inordinate. 2. uncommon, singular, rare, phenomenal, special, signal.
Antonyms
1, 2. common, usual.
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  • This instrument was in constant request, and both the machine and records were extraordinarily good.

  • She seemed to him extraordinarily beautiful and majestic as a phantom.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • At this time the air was extraordinarily still, the flame of a candle placed near the open door of the house did not flicker.

    Etna G. F. Rodwell
  • The public is extraordinarily innocent as regards this kind of information.

  • Ang Tenze was extraordinarily active and did not seem to mind heat or height—a quite exceptionally gifted mountaineer.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for extraordinarily

extraordinary

/ɪkˈstrɔːdənrɪ; -dənərɪ/
adjective
1.
very unusual, remarkable, or surprising
2.
not in an established manner, course, or order
3.
employed for particular events or purposes
4.
(usually postpositive) (of an official, etc) additional or subordinate to the usual one: a minister extraordinary
Derived Forms
extraordinarily, adverb
extraordinariness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin extraordinārius beyond what is usual; see ordinary
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Word Origin and History for extraordinarily

extraordinary

adj.

early 15c., from Latin extraordinarius "out of the common order," from extra ordinem "out of order," especially the usual order, from extra "out" (see extra-) + ordinem (nominative ordo) "order" (see order). Related: Extraordinarily.

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