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[ih-nawr-muh s] /ɪˈnɔr məs/
greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.; huge; immense:
an enormous fortune.
outrageous or atrocious:
enormous wickedness; enormous crimes.
Origin of enormous
1525-35; enorm + -ous
Related forms
enormously, adverb
1. vast, colossal, gigantic, mammoth, prodigious, stupendous. See huge. Unabridged
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  • Taste is enormously important, and he even admits to appreciating elegant packaging for its own sake.
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  • And it changed enormously in form and method from century to century.
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  • At last he was able to lie still, feeling only a little sick and dizzy-and enormously ashamed.
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  • The number of working scientists, if not their quality, has enormously increased.
British Dictionary definitions for enormously


unusually large in size, extent, or degree; immense; vast
(archaic) extremely wicked; heinous
Derived Forms
enormously, adverb
enormousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēnormis, from ē- out of, away from + norma rule, pattern
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Word Origin and History for enormously



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.

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