Second, people in positions of great authority are, and perhaps must be, capable of enormously high levels of self-delusion.
The passengers for this enormously expensive helicopter fleet?
The Ryan pick will help Romney enormously in one key respect.
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.