Definition of enormity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːməti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːrməti//
    (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. It took time for the full enormity of the attack to sink in. It’s difficult to grasp the sheer enormity of the tragedy.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] (formal) a very serious crime the enormities of the Hitler regime
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin enormitas, from enormis, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + norma ‘pattern, standard’. The word originally meant ‘deviation from legal or moral rectitude’ and ‘transgression’. Current senses have been influenced by enormous.
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