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

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a person with stupendous wealth the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans
Recent Examples on the Web Now, new research from Berry and his colleagues suggests the modern versions of these stupendous structures are more deeply rooted in the arboreal family tree than ever thought before. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019 The first twenty minutes are one stupendous urban car chase—effectively, an homage to 1998's Ronin, but with lots more shiny stuff, CGI, and things that go boom. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Chocobo Racing," 21 Dec. 2019 The best manager to ever grace our league - and 90min's greatest manager of all time - Sir Alex Ferguson achieved a stupendous amount at Manchester United. 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2017," 30 Oct. 2019 Take reinforcement learning, one particularly potent flavor of AI that's behind some of the more stupendous demonstrations as of late. Matt Beane, Wired, "The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness," 17 Dec. 2019 But these cicada relatives are even more intriguing to scientists for the stupendous structures that sprout from their backs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow," 9 Dec. 2019 Because the Evora GT wears ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (245/35 ZR19-93Y at the front and 295/30 R20-101Y at the rear), there's a stupendous amount of front grip. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Driving the 2020 Lotus Evora GT makes me optimistic about Lotus’ future," 27 Sep. 2019 Born December 16, 1931 in Hartford, Joan was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, a fantastic grandmother, and a stupendous great grandmother., "Joan Marie Breen," 24 Nov. 2019 Besides moving on in the postseason, South avenged a 19-9 Oct. 5 regular-season loss to West and ended the Eagles’ stupendous run of six straight championship appearances and six consecutive victories. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "South tops West in semifinal thriller," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Stupendous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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