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enormity -- as in: enormity of the crime
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  • Nately was appalled and bewildered by the abominable old man’s inability to perceive the enormity of his offence.
  • Yossarian choked on his toast and eggs at the enormity of his error in tearing her long, lithe, nude, young vibrant limbs into any pieces of paper so impudently and dumping her down so smugly into the gutter from the curb.
  • General Peckem screamed, as though struck by the enormity of the disaster for the first time.

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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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