extraordinary

Something extraordinary goes above and beyond what is expected. This can be good or bad. Saving a child from a burning building is an extraordinary act of heroism, but a test score of 11 out of 100 is extraordinary too.

The extra- in extraordinary means "outside" the ordinary. If you had to work for 10 hours on a two-page writing assignment, that means it was an extraordinarily hard assignment. Either that or you were extraordinarily slow. We often use the word extraordinary as a superlative. If your friend bakes you a cake better than any you’ve ever tasted, you could tell her it is “extraordinary.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: extraordinary

1
adj
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
2
adj
(of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: extraordinary
1

adj beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

extraordinary authority”
“an extraordinary achievement”
“her extraordinary beauty”
“enjoyed extraordinary popularity”
“an extraordinary capacity for work”
“an extraordinary session of the legislature”
Synonyms
uncommon
not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind
unusual
not usual or common or ordinary
incomparable, uncomparable
such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared
impressive
making a strong or vivid impression
bonzer
remarkable or wonderful
exceeding, exceptional, olympian, prodigious, surpassing
far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
extraordinaire
extraordinary in a particular capacity
fantastic, grand, howling, marvellous, marvelous, rattling, terrific, tremendous, wonderful, wondrous
extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
phenomenal
exceedingly or unbelievably great
awful, frightful, terrible, tremendous
extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
great
remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
one
used informally as an intensifier
preternatural, uncanny
surpassing the ordinary or normal
pyrotechnic
suggestive of fireworks
rare, uncommon
marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
remarkable, singular
unusual or striking
some
remarkable
special
for a special service or occasion
wonderworking
performing or able to perform wonders or miracles
superior
of high or superior quality or performance
Antonyms:
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
common
having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
usual
occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure
average, fair, mediocre, middling
lacking exceptional quality or ability
banausic
(formal) ordinary and not refined
characterless, nondescript
lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
common
to be expected; standard
commonplace
completely ordinary and unremarkable
cut-and-dried, cut-and-dry
according to ordinary expectations
everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday
found in the ordinary course of events
indifferent, so-so
being neither good nor bad
mine run, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine, unexceptional
not special in any way
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adj far more than usual or expected

“an extraordinary desire for approval”
Synonyms:
over-the-top, sinful
immoderate
beyond reasonable limits
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adj (of an official) serving an unusual or special function in addition to those of the regular officials

“an ambassador extraordinary
Synonyms
unusual
not usual or common or ordinary
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