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enormity -- as in: enormity of the crime
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • Beside the savage desire within him to realize the enormities which he brooded on nothing was sacred.
  • —Sin, remember, is a twofold enormity.
  • The malice, impotent though it be, which possesses these demon souls is an evil of boundless extension, of limitless duration, a frightful state of wickedness which we can scarcely realize unless we bear in mind the enormity of sin and the hatred God bears to it.

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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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