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From Latin tremendus (“fearful, terrible”), gerundive of tremō (“to tremble”), + -ous.
- IPA(key): /tɹɪˈmɛndəs/
- (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /tɹəˈmɛndəs/
- Rhymes: -ɛndəs
- Hyphenation: tre‧men‧dous
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tremendous (comparative more tremendous, superlative most tremendous)
- 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.
- Notable for its size, power, or excellence.
- Van Beethoven's ninth symphony is a tremendous piece of music.
- Extremely large (in amount, extent, degree, etc.) or great
- There was a tremendous outpouring of support.
- 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 113:
- The tremendous tragedy in which he had been involved - it was evident he was a fugitive from Weybridge - had driven him to the very verge of his reason.
- See also Thesaurus:large
notable for size, power or excellence
extremely large (in amount, extent, degree etc.) or great; enormous; extraordinary
One of four common words ending in -dous, which are hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.
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