stu·​pen·​dous | \ stu̇-ˈpen-dəs How to pronounce stupendous (audio) , styu̇- \

Definition of stupendous

1 : causing astonishment or wonder : awesome, marvelous
2 : of amazing size or greatness : tremendous

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Other Words from stupendous

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

Examples of stupendous in a Sentence

a person with stupendous wealth the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans
Recent Examples on the Web Horses are blessed with superlative senses of hearing and smell, and stupendous eyesight. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Kind Word for the Horse," 26 Dec. 2020 Oregon: Sokol Blosser has been making stupendous white blends, still and sparkling, for years. Star Tribune, "From Armenia to South Africa, travel the world through sparkling wines," 23 Dec. 2020 In truth, letting 10 million people get thrown out of their homes to save a bunch of rich bankers from their own misdeeds did stupendous violence to the social order. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Obama the pretender," 24 Nov. 2020 The most stupendous product of the Industrial Revolution was the working class itself. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 With Sunday being All Saints Day, the city would have been quiet even without lockdown, but the total emptiness through the early hours was nothing shy of stupendous. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Paris Lockdown 2.0—One Expat on the Early Days of the Reconfinement," 3 Nov. 2020 An innate system has to anticipate its enemies—a seemingly impossible task, given their stupendous variety. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 Right fielder Mookie Betts turned in a stupendous all-around performance, racing in to make a shoe-string catch on Dansby Swanson’s sinking line drive in the third inning and then firing home. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Corey Seager's two homers keeps Dodgers' hopes alive, L.A wins NLCS Game 5 against the Braves," 17 Oct. 2020 Andrew Johnson’s stupendous failures after the Civil War spurred Radical Republicans to take command of Reconstruction, briefly turning the American South into a multiracial democracy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Weaken the Presidency—Even If Biden Wins," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stupendous

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stupendous

Latin stupendus, gerundive of stupēre

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13 Jan 2021

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“Stupendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stupendous

: so large or great that it amazes you


stu·​pen·​dous | \ stu̇-ˈpen-dəs How to pronounce stupendous (audio) , styu̇- \

Kids Definition of stupendous

: amazing especially because of great size or height

Other Words from stupendous

stupendously adverb

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