stupendous

stupendous
stupendous (adj.) 1660s, earlier stupendious (1540s), from L.L. stupendus "to be wondered at," gerundive form of L. stupere "be stunned, be struck senseless" (see STUPID (Cf. stupid)).

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  • Stupendous — Stu*pen dous, a. [L. stupendus astonishing, p. future pass. of stupere to be astonished at. Cf. {Stupid}.] Astonishing; wonderful; amazing; especially, astonishing in magnitude or elevation; as, a stupendous pile. A stupendous sum. Macaulay.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stupendous — [sto͞o pen′dəs, styo͞open′dəs] adj. [L stupendus, ger. of stupere, to be stunned: see STUPID] 1. astonishing; overwhelming [a stupendous development] 2. astonishingly great or large [a stupendous success] stupendously adv …   English World dictionary

  • stupendous — index grandiose, portentous (eliciting amazement), prodigious (enormous), remarkable, special Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • stupendous — *tremendous, prodigious, monumental, *monstrous Analogous words: enormous, immense, *huge, vast, colossal, gigantic: astounding, amazing, astonishing (see SURPRISE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stupendous — [adj] wonderful, amazing astonishing, astounding, breathtaking, colossal, dynamite, enormous, fab*, fabulous, fantastic, fat*, gigantic, great, huge, marvelous, mind blowing*, mind boggling*, miraculous, monster, monumental, overwhelming,… …   New thesaurus

  • stupendous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely impressive. DERIVATIVES stupendously adverb. ORIGIN from Latin stupendus to be wondered at …   English terms dictionary

  • stupendous — [[t]stjuːpe̱ndəs, AM stuː [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is stupendous is surprisingly impressive or large. He was a man of stupendous stamina and energy... This stupendous novel keeps you gripped to the end. ...a stupendous amount of …   English dictionary

  • stupendous — stupendously, adv. stupendousness, n. /stooh pen deuhs, styooh /, adj. 1. causing amazement; astounding; marvelous: stupendous news. 2. amazingly large or great; immense: a stupendous mass of information. [1965 70; < L stupendus, ger. of stupere… …   Universalium

  • stupendous — adjective a) Astonishingly great or large; huge; enormous. One cannot appreciate how stupendous the Matterhorn is without seeing it. b) Of stunning volume, degree, or excellence; …   Wiktionary

  • stupendous — adjective 1) stupendous achievements Syn: amazing, astounding, astonishing, extraordinary, remarkable, phenomenal, staggering, breathtaking; informal fantastic, mind boggling, awesome; literary wondrous Ant: ordinary 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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