enormity / enormousness

enormity / enormousness
   Enormity means "heinous, outrageous evil or an act of outrageous evil": The enormity of the Nazi concentration camps cannot be exaggerated.
   Enormousness refers to hugeness: The enormousness of the Titanic did not save it from an even larger iceberg.

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  • enormity / enormousness —    Enormity means heinous, outrageous evil or an act of outrageous evil : The enormity of the Nazi concentration camps cannot be exaggerated.    Enormousness refers to hugeness: The enormousness of the Titanic did not save it from an even larger… …   Confused words

  • enormousness — enormity, enormousness 1. Both words are derived from Latin e norma meaning ‘out of the ordinary’, and both originally had meanings associated with wicked and criminal aspects of abnormality. Enormity (15c) is older than enormousness (17c), and… …   Modern English usage

  • enormity — enormity, enormousness 1. Both words are derived from Latin e norma meaning ‘out of the ordinary’, and both originally had meanings associated with wicked and criminal aspects of abnormality. Enormity (15c) is older than enormousness (17c), and… …   Modern English usage

  • enormity — enormity, enormousness both mean the state or the quality of being enormous but are rarely interchangeable in modern usage. Enormity imputes an abnormal quality; it applies especially to the state of exceeding all bounds in wickedness or evil,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • enormity — [n1] horribleness abomination, atrociousness, atrocity, crime, depravity, disgrace, evil, evilness, flagrancy, grossness, heinousness, horror, monstrosity, monstrousness, nefariousness, outrage, outrageousness, rankness, turpitude, vice,… …   New thesaurus

  • enormousness — *enormity Analogous words: immenseness or immensity, hugeness, vastness (see corresponding adjectives at HUGE): tremendousness, prodigiousness, stupendousness, monstrousness (see corresponding adjectives at MONSTROUS) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • enormity — /əˈnɔməti / (say uh nawmuhtee), /i / (say ee ) noun (plural enormities) 1. outrageous or heinous character; atrociousness: the enormity of his offences. 2. something outrageous or heinous, as an offence. 3. enormousness; hugeness of size, scope,… …  

  • enormity — noun (plural ties) Date: 15th century 1. an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act < the enormities of state power Susan Sontag > < other enormities too juvenile to mention Richard Freedman > 2. the quality or state of being immoderate,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • enormity — /i nawr mi tee/, n., pl. enormities 1. outrageous or heinous character; atrociousness: the enormity of war crimes. 2. something outrageous or heinous, as an offense: The bombing of the defenseless population was an enormity beyond belief. 3.… …   Universalium

  • enormity — noun 1) the enormity of the task Syn: immensity, hugeness; size, extent, magnitude, greatness 2) the enormity of his crimes Syn: wickedness, evil, vileness, baseness, depravity; outr …   Thesaurus of popular words

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