American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Very great in size, extent, number, or degree.
- adj. Archaic Very wicked; heinous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Deviating from or transgressing the usual measure or rule; abnormal.
- Spreading or extending beyond certain limits; redundant.
- Greatly surpassing the common measure; exceeding the usual size: as, enormous debts; a man of enormous size.
- Extremely wicked; uncommonly atrocious: as, enormous crime or guilt.
- Disordered; perverse.
- Synonyms Enormous, Immense, Excessive, huge, vast, monstrous, prodigious, gigantic, immoderate, unwieldy. The first three words agree in expressing greatness, and the first two vastness; anything, however small, is excessive if for some special reason too great in amount. Literally, enormous is out of rule, out of proportion; immense, unmeasured, immeasurable; excessive, going beyond bounds, surpassing what is fit, right, tolerable, etc. Enormous is peculiarly applicable to magnitude, primarily physical, but also moral: as, enormous egotism; immense, to extent, quantity, and number: as, an immense national debt; immense folly; excessive, to degree: as, an excessive dose; an excessive opinion of one's own merits.
- Villainous, Abominable, etc. (see nefarious); heinous, atrocious.
- adj. obsolete Deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.
- adj. obsolete Exceedingly wicked; atrocious or outrageous.
- adj. Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal.
- adj. Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous.
- adj. extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
- From Latin ēnormis. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin ēnormis, unusual, huge, monstrous : ē-, ex-, ex- + norma, norm. Sense 2, from Middle English enormious, from Latin ēnormis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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