stu·​pen·​dous | \stu̇-ˈpen-dəs, 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

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Alex Bregman stood near the dugout awaiting a postgame television interview for the zaniest walk-off of his stupendous first half. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Bizarre ending secures Astros' extra-innings victory over A's," 11 July 2018 The fun and excitement will have to come from watching Kerr and the players try to realize this team’s stupendous potential. Scott Ostler,, "Light years? Warriors blast into new realm with DeMarcus Cousins," 2 July 2018 Most stupendous was the pianist Markus Hinterhäuser, who, in his spare time, runs the Salzburg Festival. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Several times over the course of the season, reporters lobbed him softballs, trying to get an obligatory cliché quote about how stupendous his Spurs experience had been after a career of playing with also-rans. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Gay, Spurs were a perfect fit — with lousy timing," 19 June 2018 Anyway, who’d be cynical enough to think that the Obamas, who are busy planning their stupendous $500 million Temple of Love and Fealty in Chicago, would ever try to slip political propaganda into TV programming? John Kass,, "Some story pitches for the Obamas and Netflix," 8 June 2018 Because now the House has passed a bill clawing back an enormous, a gigantic, a stupendous $15 billion of that spending. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "After Blowing Up the Deficit, House Passes Mostly Phony Spending Cuts," 8 June 2018 Spend a full day with your ranger in the vehicle for a stupendous and exciting safari. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 Its ambitions for public parks and education were stupendous. James Fallows, New York Times, "How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stupendous

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stupendous

Latin stupendus, gerundive of stupēre

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English Language Learners Definition of stupendous

: so large or great that it amazes you


stu·​pen·​dous | \stu̇-ˈpen-dəs, styu̇-\

Kids Definition of stupendous

: amazing especially because of great size or height

Other Words from stupendous

stupendously adverb

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