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 Their barbecue sauce is wine-dark, and their skin-on fries are stupendous. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "‘We can make it make sense’: Historic Dallas restaurant family plans to open dining rooms at 50 percent capacity," 20 May 2020 Two decades later the online world faces another constitutional moment, this time courtesy of a company which has profited from the internet’s stupendous growth—and is blamed for many of its ills, from privacy abuses to the spread of disinformation. The Economist, "Facebook unveils details of its content-oversight board," 30 Jan. 2020 The stupendous conflict now raging on the bloody fields of the old continent is but humanity’s groping, agonizing effort, inspired by this new vision, to come back to God. al, "What clergy said when influenza closed churches in 1918," 17 Apr. 2020 The automakers, for their part, have responded to the new rules with stupendous paralysis. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Auto Rollback Will Eliminate 13,500 Jobs," 13 Apr. 2020 If the best thing a literary prize can do is spark lively discussion, this year’s Booker Prize was a stupendous success. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ received half a Booker Prize, but it deserves all the glory," 28 Oct. 2019 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

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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 31 May. 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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