stupendous

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Etymology[edit]

First attested from 1547, from Late Latin stupendus (stunning, amazing), from Latin stupere (to be stunned). See also stupid.

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stupendous (comparative more stupendous, superlative most stupendous)

  1. Astonishingly great or large; huge; enormous.
    One cannot appreciate how stupendous the Matterhorn is without seeing it.
  2. Of stunning volume, degree, or excellence; marvelous.
    The renovators created a stupendous new look for our house.

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One of four common words ending in -dous, which are hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book, by Richard Lederer, Dave Morice, 1998, p. 229
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.