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 Completing the trifecta of oddness, the Cobweb Palace boasted what was undoubtedly the most stupendous collection of curiosities ever assembled in a saloon. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F.'s strangest bar had monkeys, parrots and cobwebs. Lots of cobwebs," 5 Mar. 2021 The condition of shareholder democracy is so poor that a 40% vote against management is considered a stupendous victory for a shareholder proposal. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: 100 CEOs met to discuss opposing anti-voting laws. Don’t expect them to do anything," 12 Apr. 2021 Alcubierre’s idea rests on expending stupendous amounts of energy to create a bubble of exotic matter—in this case, negative energy. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "The World Just Moved Even Closer to a Real, Working Warp Drive," 12 Mar. 2021 But other companies are looking at stupendous losses. Washington Post, "As Texans went without heat, light or water, some companies scored a big payday out of their misery," 21 Feb. 2021 But McAuliffe continued to raise stupendous amounts of money for other Democrats after leaving the governor’s mansion and has attracted endorsements from many in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Washington Post, "How blue is Trump’s shadow in Virginia? This year’s governor’s race is already shaping up as a key barometer.," 22 Feb. 2021 Led by their stupendous quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are hoping to become the first team in nearly two decades to win back-to-back championships. Luke Johnson,, "Super Bowl LV edition 3 things to watch, starting with 2 super quarterbacks," 7 Feb. 2021 Could thousands of people gather in downtown Minneapolis in May to listen to a stupendous lineup of writers, mingle and buy books? Star Tribune, "How we got through: 10 great escapes from the hellscape that was 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Horses are blessed with superlative senses of hearing and smell, and stupendous eyesight. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Kind Word for the Horse," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of stupendous was in 1618

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“Stupendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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