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tremendous

tre·men·dous

tremendous

 
 
pronunciation:
tr men ds
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: extraordinarily large in degree or size.
His sudden death came as a tremendous shock.A tremendous crowd turned out to hear the candidate's speech.
synonyms:
enormous, gigantic, huge, humongous, immense, mammoth, massive, prodigious, titanic, vast
antonyms:
minute, tiny
similar words:
colossal, considerable, gargantuan, giant, great, jumbo, major, monstrous, sizable, towering
definition 2: superior; excellent; extraordinary.
The orchestra gave a tremendous performance.
synonyms:
excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, magnificent, marvelous, phenomenal, superb, superior
similar words:
fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-rate, giant, great, immense, incredible, notable, prodigious, remarkable, terrific, wonderful
definition 3: frightening; terrible.
The massive cannons on the opposite hill were a tremendous sight.
synonyms:
alarming, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, ghastly, terrible, terrific
similar words:
appalling, awful, distressing, formidable, harrowing, hideous, horrible, horrid, shocking
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derivations: tremendously (adv.), tremendousness (n.)
Word History
Tremendous comes from a Latin word that means "to be trembled at."