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stupendous

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adjective stu·pen·dous \stu̇-ˈpen-dəs, styu̇-\

Simple Definition of stupendous

  • : so large or great that it amazes you

Full Definition of stupendous

  1. 1 :  causing astonishment or wonder :  awesome, marvelous

  2. 2 :  of amazing size or greatness :  tremendous

stu·pen·dous·ly adverb
stu·pen·dous·ness noun

Examples of stupendous

  1. a person with stupendous wealth

  2. <the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans>



Origin of stupendous

Latin stupendus, gerundive of stupēre


First Known Use: 1640

Synonym Discussion of stupendous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness <the monstrous waste of the project>. prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size) <made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside>. tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe <the tremendous roar of the cataract>. stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description <a stupendous volcanic eruption>.

Rhymes with stupendous



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