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[stoo-pen-duh s, styoo-] /stuˈpɛn dəs, styu-/
causing amazement; astounding; marvelous:
stupendous news.
amazingly large or great; immense:
a stupendous mass of information.
Origin of stupendous
1965-70; < Latin stupendus, gerund of stupēre to be stunned; see -ous
Related forms
stupendously, adverb
stupendousness, noun
1. extraordinary. 2. colossal, vast, gigantic, prodigious. Unabridged
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  • Miss Nickall had had luck, but Audrey had to admit that these American girls were stupendously equal to an emergency.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • Shepler, whom he had known so long and so intimately, with never the audacious thought of a union so stupendously glorious!

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • How stupendously wrong a Power which could count, and into a European War!

    Raemaekers' Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
  • We were rudely awakened from our dreams by a sound which Lieutenant Whidbey would have called "most stupendously dreadful."

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The brat stopped to breathe for a moment and a faintly human expression came over the stupendously smug little face.

  • It was not a French uniform that he wore, but Mexican Imperial, and stupendously ornate.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Never until now had the solitudes seemed so vast, so utterly, stupendously big.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • The music was twenty-nine violins, vested l'antique, but the habits of the masquers were stupendously rich and glorious.

  • So much for enjoying the prestige of a stupendously successful criminal past!

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for stupendously


astounding, wonderful, huge, etc
Derived Forms
stupendously, adverb
stupendousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stupēre to be amazed
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Word Origin and History for stupendously



1660s, earlier stupendious (1540s), from Late Latin stupendus "to be wondered at," gerundive form of Latin stupere "be stunned, be struck senseless" (see stupid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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