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[ih-men-si-tee] /ɪˈmɛn sɪ ti/
vastness; enormous extent:
the immensity of the Roman empire.
the state or condition of being immense.
Origin of immensity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immēnsitās. See immense, -ity Unabridged
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  • Is the fire a little thing beside the immensity in the heavens above us?

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • There is a feeling of "immensity, liberty, action" here, which is not common in Italy.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Can he be ever strong enough, can his brain ever be lucid enough for the immensity of the task before him?

    The Intellectual Life =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • In the forces, light, and heat, what immensity of power is represented!

  • Provided that they are face to face with immensity, they smile.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • The noise, the crowds, the immensity of the town appalled me.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Your little bark is the centre of a great crystal ball, the limit of which is immensity!

  • Born somewhere in the immensity of Whitechapel, 29 towheaded, round-faced.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • It is necessary to sail over this great ocean to comprehend its immensity.

British Dictionary definitions for immensity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being immense; vastness; enormity
enormous expanse, distance, or volume: the immensity of space
(informal) a huge amount: an immensity of wealth
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Word Origin and History for immensity

mid-15c., from Middle French immensité (14c.) or directly from Latin immensitatem (nominative immensitas) "immeasurableness," noun of quality from immensus (see immense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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