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titanic2

[tahy-tan-ik]
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adjective
  1. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Titans.
  2. Also titan. of enormous size, strength, power, etc.; gigantic.
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Origin of titanic2

From the Greek word Tītānikós, dating back to 1650–60. See Titan, -ic
Related formsti·tan·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for titanically

Historical Examples

  • He looked down at their inert, but titanically powerful enemy whose baleful glow seemed even now to be burning their funeral pyre.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

  • Mr. Prohack sank deeper into the bed, and laughed loudly, immoderately, titanically.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • They moved forward, retreated, diminished in size, and titanically reappeared again.

    My Attainment of the Pole

    Frederick A. Cook

  • Surely the ancient gods—surely even Hercules at his twelve labors—never toiled more Titanically than these eight rowers.


British Dictionary definitions for titanically

titanic1

adjective
  1. of or containing titanium, esp in the tetravalent state
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titanic2

adjective
  1. possessing or requiring colossal strengtha titanic battle
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Derived Formstitanically, adverb

Titanic

noun
  1. the Titanic a luxury British liner that struck an iceberg near Newfoundland on its maiden voyage on the night of April 14–15, 1912, with the loss of 1513 lives
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Word Origin and History for titanically

titanic

adj.

"gigantic, colossal," 1709, from titan + -ic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

titanically in Culture

Titanic

A British luxury ocean liner, thought to be unsinkable, which nevertheless sank on its first voyage in 1912 after running into an iceberg in the north Atlantic Ocean. More than fifteen hundred people drowned.

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