AskDefine | Define enormity

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Extreme wickedness, nefariousness.
  2. An act of extreme evil or wickedness.
  3. Hugeness, enormousness, immenseness.

Usage notes

  • The spreading use of enormity as a synonym of enormousness has been hotly disputed, but appears to become more and more accepted.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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