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immensity

[ih-men-si-tee] /ɪˈmɛn sɪ ti/
noun
1.
vastness; enormous extent:
the immensity of the Roman empire.
2.
the state or condition of being immense.
Origin of immensity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immēnsitās. See immense, -ity
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  • Is the fire a little thing beside the immensity in the heavens above us?

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • And what an invading flight, what a sudden outlook upon the world's immensity!

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Can he be ever strong enough, can his brain ever be lucid enough for the immensity of the task before him?

    The Intellectual Life =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • The jewellers gasp in the immensity of the hope her words arouse.

  • Provided that they are face to face with immensity, they smile.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • How well he saw the greatness of his work and the immensity of that injustice which was his reward.

  • Your little bark is the centre of a great crystal ball, the limit of which is immensity!

  • It took her nearly an hour, I believe, to explain the immensity of my presumption.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • It is necessary to sail over this great ocean to comprehend its immensity.

British Dictionary definitions for immensity

immensity

/ɪˈmɛnsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being immense; vastness; enormity
2.
enormous expanse, distance, or volume: the immensity of space
3.
(informal) a huge amount: an immensity of wealth
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Word Origin and History for immensity
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French immensité (14c.) or directly from Latin immensitatem (nominative immensitas) "immeasurableness," noun of quality from immensus (see immense).

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