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tremendous

Syllabification: tre·men·dous
Pronunciation: /trəˈmendəs
 
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Definition of tremendous in English:

adjective

1Very great in amount, scale, or intensity: Penny put in a tremendous amount of time there was a tremendous explosion
More example sentences
  • The helicopter would display their logo providing a tremendous amount of publicity across a vast area.
  • I've met a lot of other people who like it, but I've also heard a tremendous amount of banter about people who don't.
  • The cat can, as you've been experiencing in your country, cause a tremendous amount of damage.
Synonyms
substantial, considerable, Brobdingnagian
very loud, deafening, ear-splitting, booming, thundering, thunderous, resounding
1.1 informal Extremely good or impressive; excellent: the crew did a tremendous job
More example sentences
  • I can imagine she is doing a tremendous job in what must be indescribable circumstances.
  • The National Health Service in York does a tremendous job for many people.
  • We are trying to support the tremendous quality job that they are doing.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin tremendus (gerundive of tremere 'tremble') + -ous.

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  • Tremendous goes back to Latin tremere ‘to tremble’, and had the original sense of something that makes you tremble (Middle English). Trepidation (Late Middle English) and intrepid (late 17th century) are from the related trepidare ‘tremble’.

Derivatives

tremendously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It was a tremendously hard match and I thought both sides served up a great feast of hurling.
  • Individuals and businesses have worked tremendously hard to raise the money.
  • There's always been something tremendously powerful about getting people to laugh.

tremendousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He towered over our tent and blotted out the sun with his freakishly large tremendousness.
  • Whatever the thing could have been, my impression is of tremendousness, or of bulk many times that of all meteorites in all museums combined: also of relative slowness, or of long warning of approach.
  • ‘It was just so hard to understand the tremendousness of what was happening.’

Words that rhyme with tremendous

horrendous, stupendous

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