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  • Noun

enormity

i-NAWR-mi-tee

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The sheer enormity or great evil of the conflict in Darfur is almost unimaginable: many hundreds of thousands have been brutally killed so far. The enormity and horrors of the crimes committed become clear when one visits the refugee camps, where one finds young children and women who have lost all hope. Many journalists who visit Darfur come back shocked and depressed because they are totally unprepared for the enormity or extreme moral offensiveness of the human tragedy they have witnessed.

Quiz: When would it be appropriate to refer to the enormity of a ruler?

  • When that ruler has made such immense and positive changes that they are beloved by almost every citizen.
  • When that ruler has committed wicked and vicious acts against their people.
  • When that ruler has achieved a level of power that no ruler in history has experienced.
Definition

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Enormous Pity One can feel enormous pity for the horrifying enormity of a catastrophe in which many thousands of people have pointlessly died.

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  • The enormity of the event was such that Mourinho’s furrowed brow featured on the front page of most daily newspapers, and even provoked the British Prime Minister to comment. —CNN
  • Based solely on a numerical comparison with the enormity of the horror in Europe, the experience of Jews in Arab lands during the war barely deserves mention and the frequent recitation of statistics inevitably invites such judgment. —NPR
  • The enormity of the event was such that Mourinho’s furrowed brow featured on the front page of most daily newspapers, and even provoked the British Prime Minister to comment. —Sports Illustrated

Word Ingredients
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e- out of, from
norm carpenter's square, pattern, standard
-ity state or quality

Enormity is, at core, the “state or quality” of being “out of a pattern or standard” of acceptable conduct, thus going into an area that is beyond normal or acceptable “patterns” or “standards” of the way things should be.

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Enormity