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

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This was a Coors Field classic in every sense, one the Astros sealed with a stupendous seventh inning. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally past Rockies in classic Coors slugfest," 3 July 2019 That first glimpse of the soaring, stupendous, and sweetly spooky Land of the Dead is breathtaking. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Their stories tend to focus on Earth itself—eschewing galaxies far far away and long ago—while being conceived on a stupendous scale. The Economist, "China’s grand, gloomy sci-fi is going global," 22 June 2019 Vigna, smacking his hand on the table, pushed back, arguing that the the media giant’s reach—a stupendous 2.4 billion monthly active users—cannot be so easily dismissed. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions Provoke Heated Debate—The Ledger," 17 June 2019 At the same time, there is unprecedented flaunting of stupendous wealth. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Stephen Curry was absolutely, positively stupendous on Wednesday night. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Warriors 3 Things: Don’t underrate Steph Curry’s greatness again," 6 June 2019 Synchronous fireflies light up late spring with their annual stupendous display of nature. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park," 28 Mar. 2019 Tragically, Ramanujan died at age 32, after only about six years as a professional mathematician, during which his output was stupendous. Quanta Magazine, "Three Puzzles Inspired by Ramanujan," 14 July 2016

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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 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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