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[stoo-pen-duh s, styoo-] /stuˈpɛn dəs, styu-/
causing amazement; astounding; marvelous:
stupendous news.
amazingly large or great; immense:
a stupendous mass of information.
Origin of stupendous
1965-70; < Latin stupendus, gerund of stupēre to be stunned; see -ous
Related forms
stupendously, adverb
stupendousness, noun
1. extraordinary. 2. colossal, vast, gigantic, prodigious. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for stupendous


astounding, wonderful, huge, etc
Derived Forms
stupendously, adverb
stupendousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stupēre to be amazed
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Word Origin and History for stupendous

1660s, earlier stupendious (1540s), from Late Latin stupendus "to be wondered at," gerundive form of Latin stupere "be stunned, be struck senseless" (see stupid).

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