1. [syn: outrageousness, enormity]
2. vastness of size or extent;
- Example: "in careful usage the noun enormity is not used to express the idea of great size"
- Example: "universities recognized the enormity of their task"
3. the quality of extreme wickedness;
4. an act of extreme wickedness;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Enormity \E*nor"mi*ty\, n.; pl. Enormities. [L. enormitas, fr.
enormis enormous: cf. F. ['e]normit['e]. See Enormous.]
1. The state or quality of exceeding a measure or rule, or of
being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous.
The enormity of his learned acquisitions. --De
2. That which is enormous; especially, an exceeding offense
against order, right, or decency; an atrocious crime;
flagitious villainy; an atrocity.
These clamorous enormities which are grown too big
and strong for law or shame. --South.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quality of being outrageous [syn: outrageousness,
2: vastness of size or extent; "in careful usage the noun
enormity is not used to express the idea of great size";
"universities recognized the enormity of their task"
3: the quality of extreme wickedness
4: an act of extreme wickedness
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
157 Moby Thesaurus words for "enormity":
abjectness, abominableness, affront, ampleness, amplitude,
aspersion, atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, baseness,
beggarliness, bigness, boundlessness, breach, brickbat, bulk,
contempt, contemptibility, contemptibleness, contumely, crime,
crime against humanity, crumminess, cut, deadly sin, debasement,
degradation, delinquency, depravity, dereliction, despicableness,
despite, dump, enormousness, error, evil, execrableness, expanse,
failure, fault, felony, flagitiousness, flagrancy, flout, flouting,
formidableness, foulness, fullness, fulsomeness, genocide, gibe,
gigantism, grandeur, grandness, graveness, great scope, greatness,
grossness, guilty act, heavy sin, heinousness, horribleness,
horridness, horror, hugeness, humiliation, immensity, impropriety,
indignity, indiscretion, inexpiable sin, infinity, iniquity,
injury, injustice, insult, intensity, jeer, jeering, lapse,
largeness, littleness, lowness, magnitude, malefaction,
malfeasance, malum, massiveness, meanness, might, mightiness,
minor wrong, misdeed, misdemeanor, miserableness, misfeasance,
mock, mockery, monstrosity, monstrousness, mortal sin, muchness,
nefariousness, nonfeasance, obnoxiousness, odiousness, offense,
omission, outrage, outrageousness, paltriness, peccadillo,
peccancy, pettiness, plenitude, pokiness, poorness, power,
prodigiousness, put-down, rankness, savagery, scabbiness, scoff,
scrubbiness, scruffiness, scumminess, scurrility, scurviness,
seriousness, shabbiness, shoddiness, sin, sin of commission,
sin of omission, sinful act, slip, smallness, squalor, strength,
stupendousness, taunt, tort, transgression, tremendousness,
trespass, trip, uncomplimentary remark, unutterable sin, vastness,
venial sin, viciousness, vileness, weightiness, wickedness,