enormity

Definitions

  • Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth
    Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enormity an act of extreme wickedness
    • n enormity the quality of extreme wickedness
    • n enormity the quality of being outrageous
    • n enormity vastness of size or extent "in careful usage the noun enormity is not used to express the idea of great size","universities recognized the enormity of their task"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first time an enormous amount of clothing was needed all at once was during the Civil War, when the Union needed hundreds of thousands of uniforms for its troops. Out of this need came the ready-made clothing industry.
    • Enormity That which is enormous; especially, an exceeding offense against order, right, or decency; an atrocious crime; flagitious villainy; an atrocity. "These clamorous enormities which are grown too big and strong for law or shame."
    • Enormity The state or quality of exceeding a measure or rule, or of being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous. "The enormity of his learned acquisitions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enormity The state or quality of being enormous, immoderate, or extreme; atrociousness; vastness: in a bad sense: as, the enormity of his offense.
    • n enormity Enormousness; immensity: without derogatory implication.
    • n enormity That which surpasses endurable limits, or is immoderate, extreme, or outrageous; a very grave offense against order, right, or decency; atrocious crime; an atrocity.
    • n enormity Synonyms and Enormity, Enormousness. Enormousness is strictly limited to vastness in size; enormity, to vastness in atrocity, baseness, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enormity state or quality of being enormous: that which is enormous: a great crime: great wickedness
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Quotations

  • Oscar Levant
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    “Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.”
  • Aleister Crowley
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    “The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
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    “An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.”
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    “By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.”
  • Michael J. Mccarthy
    Michael J. Mccarthy
    “The capabilities of the human mind are enormous. There is usually no inherent reason you cannot accomplish whatever goal you set for yourself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. enormitas, fr. enormis, enormous: cf. F. énormité,. See Enormous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. enormise, out of, norma, rule.

Usage

In literature:

In this way the Spaniards witnessed the taking of a tortoise of enormous size.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
They have enormous pouches, capable of containing many pounds of their finny prey.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The shadow of his hobnailed boots was enormous and coffin-like.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The German munition factories had been making and storing enormous supplies for an army of several millions of men.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Measured by ordinary mechanical standards, this is enormous.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The infantile mortality is enormous, and one out of every four or five children fails to survive its first year.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
We have just put a bullet through an enormous bull.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here was a round mirror, of which Rose was enormously proud.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Those regions were enormous beyond imagining; you had to pinpoint your thread of tiny energy almost precisely.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The war had enormously increased the public debt.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
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In poetry:

For couch'd in the midst of the glade
An enormous fierce Lion he view'd;
His eye-balls shot flame thro' the shade,
And with gore his vast jaw was imbru'd.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
And enormous mother whales lie dreaming suckling their whale-
tender young
and dreaming with strange whale eyes wide open in the waters of
the beginning and the end.
"Whales Weep Not!" by D H Lawrence
The sea is enormous,
just as everything is,
yet it seems to me I am still with you...
soon only water will separate us,
water, restlessly shifting,
water, only water!
"On The City Ramparts of Cadiz " by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Shou'dst thou the town, where thou dost sojourn, see,
Sin against God at an enormous rate:
Like Lot from Sodom and its confines flee,
Before the storm descends upon thy pate.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
More prevalent was David's pray'r by far,
Th' enormous giant to o'ercome in war,
Than those smooth stones which from his scrip he took,
Though thro' his forehead one of them he strook.
"Advice To A Soldier" by Rees Prichard
Men grow too old for love, my love,
Men grow too old for lies;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Enormous night arise,
A cloud that is larger than the world
And a monster made of eyes.
"A Second Childhood" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Our nation is in the midst of an enormous crisis of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
The jury has reached its verdict: two enormous square voids, set on the spots where the twin towers once stood, will be the centerpiece of the World Trade Center memorial.
An old man with enormous wings appears in a Colombian village.
Take this opportunity to look inward Although many businesses are facing enormous challenges in the current market, opportunities do exist for those with a longer perspective.
Although the big players in office furniture started growing greener years ago, plenty of suppliers and smaller outfits still are challenged by the enormity and complexity of the mission.
Guests are drawn from a wide range of fields, and conversations cover an enormous array of topics.
This graphic novel about three teenage friends is enormous fun.
Wagner's four-opera, 15-hour, The Ring of the Nibelung, is an enormous undertaking, no matter when you do it or where.
If you missed their live debut back in June, OXYTOCIN returns to take over Beat Research tonight at Enormous Room.
There are 22 Arab countries in the Middle East, with combined land areas hundreds of times larger than Israel and many with enormous wealth from oil.
Fabricating and repairing pipe in the oil-rich tar sands of Alberta, Canada, is an enormous, ongoing project that requires specialized equipment to meet a variety of challenges.
While it's far from clear that another governor could have resolved this summer's budget morass more quickly, given the enormity of the problem, Schwarzenegger's weak ties to legislators made his task that much harder.
Rossini 's work plays an enormous role in movie and TV culture – from Seinfeld and Family Guy to Looney Tunes and the Lone Ranger.
Alan McGee is over music, so he's dumping his enormous stash of never-before-heard Brit-pop swag on the block.
The tree's shape is round, almost to the point of perfection, and while the tree is small, the leaves are enormous.
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In science:

The main issue with a pro ject such as this is the enormous amount of time required to monitor populations continuously, often on the order of a few months because of the low yearly rates expected.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
In order to settle this question one would have to simulate enormous networks, beyond reach with present means.
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
Indeed, it is a strategy that applies both to finite systems and continua—in both cases, enormously reducing the number of degrees of freedom one needs to consider.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Similarly, rigidity reduces enormously how many momenta one needs to specify, in order to specify a state, i.e. in order to implicitly specify all the momenta.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Let us only point out that the statistical evidence of this link can only be tested thanks to enormous numerical work, in particular due to A.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
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