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vastitude

[vas-ti-tood, -tyood, vah-sti-] /ˈvæs tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud, ˈvɑ stɪ-/
noun
1.
vastness; immensity:
the vastitude of his love for all humankind.
2.
a vast expanse or space:
the ocean vastitude.
Origin of vastitude
1535-1545
From the Latin word vastitūdō, dating back to 1535-45. See vast, -i-, -tude
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  • And I, for one, and for still other reasons, congratulate myself upon the vastitude of my good fortune.

  • Five years in narrow walls had unfitted me for the enormous declivity of the stairway, for the vastitude of the prison yard.

  • “Ah,” Walter Merritt Emory murmured, with a vastitude of confidence and assurance.

  • I was confronted with the vastitude of the universe at once, without the ingratiating introduction of the fairy tale.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for vastitude

vastitude

/ˈvɑːstɪˌtjuːd/
noun (rare)
1.
the condition or quality of being vast
2.
a vast space, expanse, extent, etc
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