enormous

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From Latin ēnormis.

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enormous (comparative more enormous, superlative most enormous)

  1. (obsolete)  Deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, 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.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      how apt wee are to receive all impressions, and chiefly the most wicked and enormous.
  3. Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28: 
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      He turned back to the scene before him and the enormous new block of council dwellings. The design was some way after Corbusier but the block was built up on plinths and resembled an Atlantic liner swimming diagonally across the site.

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