tremendous

[trih-men-duhs]
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:
1625–35; < Latin tremendus dreadful, to be shaken by, equivalent to trem(ere) to shake, quake + -endus gerund suffix

tremendously, adverb
tremendousness, noun
untremendous, adjective
untremendously, adverb
untremendousness, noun


1. See huge.
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tremendous (trɪˈmɛndəs)
 
adj
1.  vast; huge
2.  informal very exciting or unusual
3.  informal (intensifier): a tremendous help
4.  archaic terrible or dreadful
 
[C17: from Latin tremendus terrible, literally: that is to be trembled at, from tremere to quake]
 
tre'mendously
 
adv
 
tre'mendousness
 
n

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tremendous
1632, "awful, dreadful, terrible," from L. tremendus "fearful, terrible," lit. "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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Example sentences
It is not even my purpose to touch on the points where his influence has told
  so tremendously in the making of our history.
For all of us, hearing moments of musical genius emerge was tremendously
  uplifting.
It's been tremendously difficult to find the strength to write, and a big part
  of this relapse has been a return of vertigo.
They have a tremendously varied diet that includes hundreds of known foods.
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