Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Extremely large in amount, extent, or size; enormous: synonym: enormous.
  • adjective Very great in scope or importance.
  • adjective Remarkable; outstanding.
  • adjective Archaic Capable of making one tremble; terrible.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Such as may or does excite trembling, fear, or awe; overpowering in character or quality; awful; dreadful: as, a tremendous explosion; tremendous invective.
  • Hence Such as to excite astonishment or awe; unexampled; wonderful in a high degree; overwhelming; astounding: used intensively or hyperbolically.
  • Synonyms Frightful, terrific, horrible, appalling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fitted to excite fear or terror; such as may astonish or terrify by its magnitude, force, or violence; terrible; dreadful

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective awe-inspiring; terrific.
  • adjective Notable for its size, power, or excellence.
  • adjective Extremely large (in amount, extent, degree, etc.) or great

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
  • adjective extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
  • adjective extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin tremendus, gerundive of tremere, to tremble.]

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From Latin tremendus ("fearful, terrible"), gerund form of tremere ("to tremble"), from Ancient Greek τρέμω (tremo)

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