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Thursday, April 10, 2014

vastitude

\VAS-ti-tood, -tyood, VAH-sti-\ , noun;
1.
vastness; immensity: the vastitude of his love for all humankind.
2.
a vast expanse or space: the ocean vastitude.
Quotes:
He glances around him in a circular direction to indicate the vastitude of the question, a vastitude which is to be inferred from the established fact of the ambient desert.
-- Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, The Blue Flowers, 1965
The setting was an outcropping of stones amid a dun, dust-scoured vastitude, somewhere in the interior of China.
-- Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995
Origin:
Vastitude is derived from the Latin word vastitūdō, a combination of vast, meaning "of great size" and the suffix -tude, which appears in abstract nouns like latitude. The connective vowel -i- is commonly used in compounds of Latin or Greek words.
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