stupendous

adjective stu·pen·dous \ stu̇-ˈpen-dəs , styu̇- \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of stupendous

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

stupendously

adverb

stupendousness

noun

Examples of stupendous in a Sentence

  1. a person with stupendous wealth

  2. the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans

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Origin and Etymology of stupendous

Latin stupendus, gerundive of stupēre

Synonym Discussion of stupendous

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

STUPENDOUS Defined for English Language Learners

stupendous

adjective

Definition of stupendous for English Language Learners

  • : so large or great that it amazes you


STUPENDOUS Defined for Kids

stupendous

adjective stu·pen·dous \ stu̇-ˈpen-dəs , styu̇- \

Definition of stupendous for Students

: amazing especially because of great size or height

stupendously

adverb


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