enor·mous /ɪˈnɔrməs, i-/
1. Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal. “Enormous bliss.” --Milton. “This enormous state.” --Shak. “The hoop's enormous size.”
Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait. --Milton.
2. Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous; as, an enormous crime.
That detestable profession of a life so enormous. --Bale.
Syn: -- Huge; vast; immoderate; immense; excessive; prodigious; monstrous.
Usage: -- Enormous, Immense, Excessive. We speak of a thing as enormous when it overpasses its ordinary law of existence or far exceeds its proper average or standard, and becomes -- so to speak -- abnormal in its magnitude, degree, etc.; as, a man of enormous strength; a deed of enormous wickedness. Immense expresses somewhat indefinitely an immeasurable quantity or extent. Excessive is applied to what is beyond a just measure or amount, and is always used in an evil; as, enormous size; an enormous crime; an immense expenditure; the expanse of ocean is immense. “Excessive levity and indulgence are ultimately excessive rigor.” --V. Knox. “Complaisance becomes servitude when it is excessive.” --La Rochefoucauld (Trans).
adj : extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power
or degree; "an enormous boulder"; "enormous expenses";
"tremendous sweeping plains"; "a tremendous fact in
human experience; that a whole civilization should be
dependent on technology"- Walter Lippman; "a plane took
off with a tremendous noise" [syn: tremendous]