Enormity meaning

ĭ-nôrmĭ-tē
Frequency:
Enormity is defined as the huge size or scale of something, or is defined as something that is defined as extremely important.

When you are overwhelmed by the extreme importance of the decision of whether to get married or not, this is an example of a time when you are overwhelmed by the enormity of the decision.

noun
2
0
A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.
noun
2
0
The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
noun
1
0
Great size; immensity.
noun
1
0
Great wickedness.

The enormity of a crime.

noun
1
0
Advertisement
A monstrous or outrageous act; very wicked crime.
noun
0
0
Enormous size or extent; vastness.
noun
0
0
(uncountable) Extreme wickedness, nefariousness. [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.

noun
0
0
(countable) An act of extreme evil or wickedness. [from 15th c.]
noun
0
0
(uncountable) Hugeness, enormousness, immenseness. [from 18th c.]
noun
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of enormity

  • French énormité from Old French from Latin ēnormitās from ēnormis unusual, enormous enormous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French énormité, from Latin ēnormitātem, from ēnormis.

    From Wiktionary