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enormity -- as in: enormity of the crime
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  • I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past.
  • Yet she appeared confident in innocence and did not tremble, although gazed on and execrated by thousands, for all the kindness which her beauty might otherwise have excited was obliterated in the minds of the spectators by the imagination of the enormity she was supposed to have committed.

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  • They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Did they realize the enormity of such an outrage?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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