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

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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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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“Stupendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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