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 attested from 1812, paralleling semantic changes in terrific, terribly, awfully, etc.

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  • 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

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

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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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