But soon after the dawn of the republic in 1804, it was crippled by an enormous public debt.
Maps are enormous, and players have to traverse huge amounts of terrain.
[E]ven a slight edge in ability can translate into enormous payoffs.
1530s, from Latin enormis "out of rule, irregular, shapeless, extraordinary, very large," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + norma "rule, norm" (see norm), with English -ous substituted for Latin -is.
Meaning "extraordinary in size" is attested from 1540s; original sense of "outrageous" is more clearly preserved in enormity. Earlier in same sense was enormyous (mid-15c.). Related: Enormously.