stu·​pen·​dous stu̇-ˈpen-dəs How to pronounce stupendous (audio)
: causing astonishment or wonder : awesome, marvelous
: of amazing size or greatness : tremendous
stupendously adverb
stupendousness noun
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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

Example Sentences

a person with stupendous wealth the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans
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Word History


Latin stupendus, gerundive of stupēre

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stupendous was in 1618

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“Stupendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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stu·​pen·​dous st(y)u̇-ˈpen-dəs How to pronounce stupendous (audio)
: amazing especially because of great size or height
stupendous gorges
stupendously adverb
stupendousness noun

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