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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Definitions for vastitude

  1. vastness; immensity: the vastitude of his love for all humankind.
  2. a vast expanse or space: the ocean vastitude.

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Citations for vastitude
He glances around him in a circular direction to indicate the vastitude of the question, a vastitude which is to be inferred from the established fact of the ambient desert. Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, The Blue Flowers, 1965
The setting was an outcropping of stones amid a dun, dust-scoured vastitude, somewhere in the interior of China. Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995
Origin of vastitude
Vastitude is derived from the Latin word vastitūdō, a combination of vast, meaning "of great size" and the suffix -tude, which appears in abstract nouns like latitude. The connective vowel -i- is commonly used in compounds of Latin or Greek words.