tremendous

  • 1 Tremendous — Tre*men dous, a. [L. tremendus that is to be trembled at, fearful, fr. tremere to tremble. See {Tremble}.] Fitted to excite fear or terror; such as may astonish or terrify by its magnitude, force, or violence; terrible; dreadful; as, a tremendous …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tremendous — index far reaching, major, portentous (eliciting amazement), prodigious (enormous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 tremendous — (adj.) 1630s, awful, dreadful, terrible, from L. tremendus fearful, terrible, lit. to be trembled at, gerundive form of tremere to tremble (see TREMBLE (Cf. tremble)). Hyperbolic or intensive sense of extraordinarily great or good, immense is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 tremendous — stupendous, monumental, prodigious, *monstrous Analogous words: enormous, immense, *huge, vast, gigantic, colossal: astounding, amazing, flabbergasting (see SURPRISE): terrifying, alarming, startling, frightening (see FRIGHTEN) …

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  • 5 tremendous — [adj] huge, overwhelming amazing, appalling, astounding, awesome, awful, blimp, colossal, cracking, deafening, dreadful, enormous, excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, fabulous, fantastic, fearful, formidable, frightful, gargantuan, gigantic,… …

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  • 6 tremendous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) very great in amount, scale, or intensity. 2) informal extremely good or impressive. DERIVATIVES tremendously adverb. ORIGIN Latin tremendus, from tremere tremble …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 tremendous — [tri men′dəs] adj. [L tremendus < tremere, to TREMBLE] 1. Archaic such as to make one tremble; terrifying; dreadful 2. a) very large; great; enormous b) Informal wonderful, amazing, extraordinary, etc. SYN. ENORMOUS tremendously …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 tremendous — 01. Wayne Gretzky was a [tremendous] hockey player, probably the best in the world. 02. Their company is very successful; they are earning [tremendous] amounts of money. 03. There has been a [tremendous] increase in the number of people who use… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 tremendous — [[t]trɪme̱ndəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (emphasis) You use tremendous to emphasize how strong a feeling or quality is, or how large an amount is. [INFORMAL] I felt a tremendous pressure on my chest... There s tremendous tension between… …

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  • 10 tremendous — tre|men|dous S2 [trıˈmendəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: tremendus, from tremere; TREMBLE] 1.) very big, fast, powerful etc ▪ Suddenly, there was a tremendous bang, and the whole station shook. ▪ She was making a tremendous effort to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 tremendous — tre|men|dous [ trə mendəs ] adjective ** 1. ) usually before noun used for emphasizing that something such as an amount, achievement, or feeling is extremely great, important, or strong: a tremendous success I have tremendous respect for my… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 tremendous */*/ — UK [trəˈmendəs] / US adjective 1) [usually before noun] used for emphasizing that something such as an amount, achievement, or feeling is extremely great, important, or strong We have a tremendous amount of work to get through. The result was a… …

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  • 13 tremendous — adjective Etymology: Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere Date: 1632 1. being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror 2. a. notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence < tremendous problems > < a… …

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  • 14 tremendous — tremendously, adv. tremendousness, n. /tri men deuhs/, adj. 1. extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity: a tremendous ocean liner; tremendous talent. 2. extraordinary in excellence: a tremendous movie. 3. dreadful or awful, as in… …

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  • 15 tremendous — adjective 1 very big, fast, powerful etc: a tremendous explosion | I learned a tremendous amount in a short time. 2 excellent: She s got a tremendous voice, hasn t she? …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 tremendous — adjective 1) tremendous sums of money Syn: huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious, stupendous, monumental, mammoth, vast, gigantic, giant, mighty, epic, titanic, towering, king size(d) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 tremendous — [trəˈmendəs] adj 1) extremely great, important, or strong I have tremendous respect for my parents.[/ex] We have a tremendous amount of work to do.[/ex] 2) extremely good We had a tremendous time on holiday.[/ex] tremendously adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 tremendous — adjective a) awe inspiring; terrific. Van Beethovens ninth symphony is a tremendous piece of music. b) Notable for its size, power, or excellence. There was a tremendous outpouring of support …

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  • 19 tremendous — adjective 1) tremendous sums of money Syn: huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious, stupendous; informal whopping, astronomical; Brit.; informal ginormous 2) a tremendous result Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 tremendous — tre•men•dous [[t]trɪˈmɛn dəs[/t]] adj. 1) extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity: a tremendous ocean liner[/ex] 2) extraordinary in excellence: a tremendous movie[/ex] 3) dreadful or awful; exciting fear; frightening; terrifying •… …

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