enormity, enormous, enormousness
Enormity describes events of monstrous wickedness or immoderate size, especially with reference to a crime or disaster.
- It was not until the next day that the enormity of the crime became apparent.
When only size is being discussed, enormousness is a better choice.
- Bertrand was impressed by the enormousness of the hydroelectric dam project.
There are no such restrictions on the adjective enormous.
- As everyone expected, the film Titanic was an enormous success.
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