enormity

[ ih-nawr-mi-tee ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

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

Origin + 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.

Synonyms

  • vast
  • enormous
  • huge
  • impactful

Antonyms

  • smallness
  • tininess
  • triviality

Example

The enormity of the lake and mountains was humbling.

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