enormous vs tremendous what difference

what is difference between enormous and tremendous

English

Etymology

From Latin ēnormis. An assimilated form of ex- (out of) + norma (rule, norm) + -ous.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈnɔː(ɹ)məs/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)məs

Adjective

enormous (comparative more enormous, superlative most enormous)

  1. (obsolete) Deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.
    • , New York 2001, p.105:
      all shall be rather enforced than hindered, except they be dismembered, or grievously deformed, infirm, or visited with some enormous hereditary disease is body or mind [].
  2. (obsolete) Exceedingly wicked; atrocious or outrageous.
    • 1872, James Pillsbury Lane, Historical Sketches of the First Congregational Church, Bristol, R.I., 1689-1872, page 61:
      Men would prove wolves and vipers; tigers and dragons mixt in one and the same person to each other. O bless God for this great gift of Princes and Judges to rule the wicked and enormous world and to sway the scepter of righteousness []
    • 1898, Christianity in Earnest, for Church Extension and Saloon Suppression, page 7:
      Protestant Christian people are largely ignorant or indifferent to the wicked and enormous religious claims of Romanism. As a so-called religious organization, Romanism is not only the foe of Protestantism, but []
  3. Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.

Synonyms

  • massive
  • huge
  • gigantic
  • humongous
  • abnormal
  • tremendous
  • See also Thesaurus:gigantic

Translations

Anagrams

  • nemorous


English

Etymology

From Latin tremendus (fearful, terrible), gerundive of tremō (to tremble), + -ous.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɹɪˈmɛndəs/
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /tɹəˈmɛndəs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛndəs
  • Hyphenation: tre‧men‧dous

Adjective

tremendous (comparative more tremendous, superlative most tremendous)

  1. Awe-inspiring; terrific.
  2. Notable for its size, power, or excellence.
    Van Beethoven’s ninth symphony is a tremendous piece of music.
  3. Extremely large (in amount, extent, degree, etc.) or great
    There was a tremendous outpouring of support.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:gigantic

Derived terms

  • tremendously
  • tremendousness

Translations

Trivia

One of four common words ending in -dous, which are hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.

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