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tremendous

[trih-men-duh s] /trɪˈmɛn dəs/
adjective
1.
extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity:
a tremendous ocean liner; tremendous talent.
2.
extraordinary in excellence:
a tremendous movie.
3.
dreadful or awful, as in character or effect; exciting fear; frightening; terrifying.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin tremendus dreadful, to be shaken by, equivalent to trem(ere) to shake, quake + -endus gerund suffix
Related forms
tremendously, adverb
tremendousness, noun
untremendous, adjective
untremendously, adverb
untremendousness, noun
Synonyms
1. See huge.
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British Dictionary definitions for tremendous

tremendous

/trɪˈmɛndəs/
adjective
1.
vast; huge
2.
(informal) very exciting or unusual
3.
(informal) (intensifier): a tremendous help
4.
(archaic) terrible or dreadful
Derived Forms
tremendously, adverb
tremendousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tremendus terrible, literally: that is to be trembled at, from tremere to quake
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Word Origin and History for tremendous
adj.

1630s, "awful, dreadful, terrible," from Latin tremendus "fearful, terrible," literally "to be trembled at," gerundive form of tremere "to tremble" (see tremble). Hyperbolic or intensive sense of "extraordinarily great or good, immense" is attested from 1812, paralleling semantic changes in terrific, terribly, awfully, etc.

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