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tremendous

Tremendous means extraordinarily large in size, extent, amount, power, or degree. It can also mean really marvelous and fantastic — or really awful and terrible.

We often use tremendous if something is super wonderful. If someone comes into your office and tells you you just won a big contract and are getting a huge bonus, you might exclaim, “Tremendous!” Tremendous comes from the Latin for "trembling," and is connected with fear. Something tremendous can be big in a terrifying way, like the tremendous noise of an approaching hurricane, or a tremendous tidal wave about to crash on the shore.

Definitions of tremendous
  1. adjective
    extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
    tremendous sweeping plains”
    “a tremendous fact in human experience”
    “a plane took off with a tremendous noise”
    synonyms: enormous
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. adjective
    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
    synonyms: awful, frightful, terrible
    extraordinary
    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  3. adjective
    extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
    “a tremendous achievement”
    synonyms: fantastic, grand, howling, incredible, marvellous, marvelous, rattling, terrific, wonderful, wondrous
    extraordinary
    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
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