noun, plural e·nor·mi·ties
Origin of enormity
Examples from the Web for enormity
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.
It was an objective test that, for the first time, let the enormity of the drug problem in America rear its ugly head.Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users|Abby Haglage|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A real-life drama proving the enormity of what just one bullet can do continued to unfold.The Movie Murder 911 Tape: Victim’s Last Breaths, With Shooter Nearby|Michael Daly|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even if it was a crutch, the Biblical language in these older writings did justice to the enormity of the forces at play.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton|Darrell Hartman|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what better way to rally the troops (and they're all troops, in a pinch) than by pointing out the enormity of the enemy?
A sense of the enormity of the task that he had undertaken now overwhelmed him.Unfettered|Sutton E. Griggs
Long and patiently Moffat argued with him, showing him the enormity of his crimes.Robert Moffat|David J. Deane
He would take Harry to task for his enormity, and then think no more about it.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal Vol. XVII. No. 418. New Series.|William and Robert Chambers
I cannot help suspecting, however, that the desire to know has a greater share in the enormity than the desire to help.Hope of the Gospel|George MacDonald
She had called the culprit to her desk just before the noon recess and now showed her the enormity of her offenses.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for enormity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for enormity
Word Origin and History for enormity
late 15c., "transgression, crime, irregularity," from Old French énormité "extravagance, enormity, atrocity, heinous sin," from Latin enormitatem (nominative enormitas) "hugeness, vastness, irregularity," from enormis (see enormous). Meaning "extreme wickedness" in English attested from 1560s; sense of "hugeness" (1792) is etymological but probably best avoided to prevent misunderstanding.