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tremendous (adj.)

1630s, "awful, dreadful, terrible," from Latin tremendus "fearful, to be dreaded, terrible," literally "to be trembled at," gerundive form of tremere "to tremble" (see tremble (v.)). Hyperbolic or intensive sense of "extraordinarily great or good, immense" is attested from 1812, paralleling semantic changes in terrific, terrible, dreadful, awful, etc. Related: Tremendously.

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Definitions of tremendous from WordNet

tremendous (adj.)
extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers;
a tremendous achievement
tremendous (adj.)
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree; "a tremendous fact in human experience; that a whole civilization should be dependent on technology"- Walter Lippman;
tremendous sweeping plains
a plane took off with a tremendous noise
Synonyms: enormous
tremendous (adj.)
extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact;
Synonyms: frightful / terrible / awful
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