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Definition of enormity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. enormities)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the enormity of something (of a problem, etc.) the very great size, effect, etc. of something; the fact of something being very serious the enormity of the task People are still coming to terms with the enormity of the disaster. The full enormity of the crime has not yet been revealed. Some people think that enormity should only be used about something morally bad such as a crime, but in fact it is commonly used about the great size or seriousness of something, without any moral judgment being made.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] (formal) a very serious crime the enormities of the Hitler regime
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