Pronunciation: [ ih-nawr-mi-tee ]
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.
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.