(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. monstrous, atrocious, excessive; large, titanic, tremendous, huge, immense, colossal, gigantic, vast, prodigious, stupendous. See size, badness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. gigantic, tremendous, monstrous, immense, huge, colossal, mammoth; see also large 1 .
Syn.- enormous implies an exceeding by far what is normal in size, amount, or degree [ an enormous nose, enormous expenses ] ; immense , basically implying immeasurability, suggests size beyond the regular run of measurements but does not connote abnormality in that which is very large [ redwoods are immense trees ] ; huge usually suggests Great mass or bulk [ a huge building, huge profits ] ; gigantic , colossal , and mammoth etymologically imply a comParison with specific objects of Great size (respectively, a giant, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the huge, extinct elephant) and therefore emphasize the idea of Great magnitude, force, importance, etc., now often hyperbolically; tremendous , literally suggesting that which inspires awe or amazement because of its Great size, is also used loosely as an intensive term
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
huge, gigantic, stupendous, immense, vast, gargantuan, mammoth, Brobdingnagian, prodigious, massive, astronomical, colossal, titanic, monstrous, towering.
ANT.: tiny, pint-sized, pocket-sized, diminutive
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of extraordinary size and power: behemoth, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, gargantuan, giant, gigantesque, gigantic, herculean, heroic, huge, immense, jumbo, mammoth, massive, massy, mastodonic, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, prodigious, pythonic, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast. Informal: walloping. Slang: whopping. See BIG. 2. Archaic. Disgracefully and grossly offensive: atrocious, heinous, monstrous, outrageous, scandalous, shocking. See RIGHT.

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