enormity
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪˈnɔːmɪti/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪˈnɔɹmɪti/, /-ɾi/
Noun

enormity

  1. (obsolete) Deviation from what is normal or standard; irregularity, abnormality.
  2. (uncountable) Deviation from moral normality; extreme#Adjective|extreme wickedness, nefariousness, or cruelty. [from 15th c.]
    Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot’s oppression.
    • 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter I, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed [by Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=emu.010001278702;view=1up;seq=14 page 6]:
      I had an obscure feeling that all was not over, and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past.
  3. (countable) A breach of law or morality; a transgression, an act of evil or wickedness. [from 15th c.]
    • 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter VII, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed [by Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=emu.010001278701;view=1up;seq=178 pages 161–162]:
      Yet she appeared confident in innocence, and did not tremble, although gazed on and execrated by thousands; for all the kindness which her beauty might otherwise have excited, was obliterated in the minds of the spectators by the imagination of the enormity she was supposed to have committed.
  4. (uncountable) great#Adjective|Great size#Noun|size; enormousness, hugeness, immenseness. [from 18th c.]
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: enormidade
  • Spanish: enormidad, gigantez



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