tremendous

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin tremendus (fearful, terrible), gerund form of tremere (to tremble), from Ancient Greek τρέμω (trémō)

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tremendous (comparative more tremendous, superlative most tremendous)

  1. awe-inspiring; terrific.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      This she spoke with so commanding an air, standing with her back to the fire, with one hand behind her, and a pinch of snuff in the other, that I question whether Thalestris, at the head of her Amazons, ever made a more tremendous figure.
  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.

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Trivia[edit]

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