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tremendous

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adjective tre·men·dous \tri-ˈmen-dəs\

Simple Definition of tremendous

  • : very large or great

  • : very good or excellent

Full Definition of tremendous

  1. 1 :  being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror

  2. 2a :  notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence <tremendous problems> <a writer of tremendous talent> —often used as a generalized term of approval <had a tremendous time>b :  unusually large :  huge <a tremendous number of people>

tre·men·dous·ly adverb
tre·men·dous·ness noun

Examples of tremendous

  1. He has a tremendous amount of energy.

  2. The engine's power is tremendous.

  3. She is a writer of tremendous talent.

  4. We had a tremendous time.



Origin of tremendous

Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere


First Known Use: 1632

Synonym Discussion of tremendous

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 tremendous



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