- extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity: a tremendous ocean liner; tremendous talent.
- extraordinary in excellence: a tremendous movie.
- dreadful or awful, as in character or effect; exciting fear; frightening; terrifying.
Origin of tremendous
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Examples from the Web for tremendous
Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
“When I first met her I felt this tremendous surge of power,” he explained.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
“The rape question was a tremendous blunder,” Doar later observed.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
This is a tremendous find, not just because he discovered all these first veterans of our first war in a vacant lot.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
The Good Lie was filmed at a time of tremendous promise for South Sudan.‘The Good Lie’ and the Hard Truths of South Sudan
October 3, 2014
One cannot stand in this presence and be unmindful of the tremendous responsibility.
To the electors of Frome he spoke of the tremendous responsibility of the Ministers.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The picture, with all its tremendous coloring, was finished.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
Undoubtedly he was possessed of a tremendous regard for the girl Allis.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We had a tremendous passage home--one of the worst I ever experienced at sea.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- vast; huge
- informal very exciting or unusual
- informal (intensifier)a tremendous help
- archaic terrible or dreadful
Word Origin and History for tremendous
1630s, "awful, dreadful, terrible," from Latin tremendus "fearful, terrible," literally "to be trembled at," gerundive form of tremere "to tremble" (see tremble). Hyperbolic or intensive sense of "extraordinarily great or good, immense" is attested from 1812, paralleling semantic changes in terrific, terribly, awfully, etc.