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Definition extreme wickedness

or more rarely (and considered incorrect by many):  enormousness (largeness)
  • She did not immediately grasp the enormity and the horror of their policy.
enormity = extreme wickedness
  • The photographs depict the enormity of the crime.
  • enormity = extreme wickedness
  • She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • enormity = extreme wickedness
  • 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
  • enormity = extreme wickedness or evilness
  • They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • enormity = extreme wickedness
  • The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • enormity = extreme wickedness or evilness
  • But once in Washington, D.C., the enormity of the event and your contribution sank in.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Luke drew a long breath, finally coming to terms with the enormity of it all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • When they crested the top of the ruins and saw the carnage spread out below them, the halfling realized the enormity of the destruction.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • The blast of air had also cleared away a patch of fog, and for the first time, Sophie realized the enormity of what they were facing.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • And what they saw was both horrifying and heartbreaking in its enormity.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • No sophistry of Southerners could blind her to its enormity.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • In keeping with the enormity of everything else about Troy, it weighed forty-one billion tons.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • He realized that he was safe and only then did he appreciate the full enormity of what he might have incurred.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The world is growing too ethereal and spiritual to bear these enormities a great while longer.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I wish my people to be impressed with the enormity of the crime, the determination to punish it, and the hopelessness of escape.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She had traveled enough over the untrodden prairie to have some faint conception of the enormity of what faced her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Did they realize the enormity of such an outrage?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Now that he had time to think of it, his son's crime stood out in its stark enormity.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • There was a new, businesslike feel to the atmosphere around them, and it pulled me back into the enormity of what was coming.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse

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