from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
- n. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.
- n. Usage Problem Great size; immensity: "Beyond that, [Russia's] sheer enormity offered a defense against invaders that no European nation enjoyed” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of exceeding a measure or rule, or of being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous.
- n. That which is enormous; especially, an exceeding offense against order, right, or decency; an atrocious crime; flagitious villainy; an atrocity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being enormous, immoderate, or extreme; atrociousness; vastness: in a bad sense: as, the enormity of his offense.
- n. Enormousness; immensity: without derogatory implication.
- n. 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. Synonyms and Enormity, Enormousness. Enormousness is strictly limited to vastness in size; enormity, to vastness in atrocity, baseness, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being outrageous
- n. an act of extreme wickedness
- n. the quality of extreme wickedness
- n. vastness of size or extent
French énormité, from Old French, from Latin ēnormitās, from ēnormis, unusual, enormous; see enormous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French énormité, from Latin ēnormitātem, from ēnormis. (Wiktionary)