Enormity

Pronunciation: [ ih-nawr-mi-tee ]


Definition: noun

1: outrageous or heinous character; atrociousness

2: greatness of size, scope, extent, or influence; immensity

Origin: Late Middle English; French


Etymology: via Old French from Latin enormitas, from enormis, from e- (variant of ex- ) ‘out of’ + norma ‘pattern, standard’. The word originally meant ‘deviation from legal or moral rectitude’ and ‘transgression’. Current senses have been influenced by enormous.

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • depravity

  • horror

  • abomination

  • atrociousness

  • disgrace

  • heinousness

  • vast

  • enormous

  • huge

  • impactful

Antonyms:

  • delight

  • esteem

  • goodness

  • virtue

  • smallness

  • tininess

  • triviality

Example 1: The enormity of the crimes was terrifying to the newest neighbors on the street.

Example 2: The enormity of the lake and mountains was humbling.

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