enormity vs enormousness : Common Errors in English

About enormity vs enormousness

Originally these two words were synonymous, but “enormity” got whittled down to meaning something monstrous or outrageous. Don’t wonder at the “enormity” of the Palace of Versailles unless you wish to express horror at this embodiment of Louis XIV’s ego.

enormity Meaning(s)

  • (n) the quality of extreme wickedness
  • (n) an act of extreme wickedness
  • (n) the quality of being outrageous
  • (n) vastness of size or extent

enormousness Meaning(s)

  • (n) unusual largeness in size or extent or number

enormity in News

  1. GOLF: Merion a winner as host of U.S. Open

    HAVERFORD - Heading in, the question was whether cramped Merion Golf Club could handle the enormity of another U.S. Open. Following four days and 72 holes, the question has transformed into this: when will it be back? "I'm sure it will come back," said mega-star Tiger Woods. "I think it is definitely going to come back," agreed former amateur and PGA Senior Tour star Jay Sigel of Berwyn ...
    on June 17, 2013 Source: The Mercury

  2. U.S. Open: Beaten players: Merion deserves another Open

    HAVERFORD — Heading into U.S. Open week, the question was whether cramped Merion Golf Club could handle the enormity of another national championship tournament, its first in 32 years. Following four days and 72 holes, the question has become this: When will it be back?
    on June 17, 2013 Source: Delaware County Daily Times

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