tremendous

[ trih-men-duh s ]
/ trɪˈmɛn dəs /

adjective

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.

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Origin of tremendous

1625–35; < Latin tremendus dreadful, to be shaken by, equivalent to trem(ere) to shake, quake + -endus gerund suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for tremendous

tremendous
/ (trɪˈmɛndəs) /

adjective

vast; huge
informal very exciting or unusual
informal (intensifier)a tremendous help
archaic terrible or dreadful

Derived forms of tremendous

tremendously, adverbtremendousness, noun

Word Origin for tremendous

C17: from Latin tremendus terrible, literally: that is to be trembled at, from tremere to quake
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