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- [uncountable] the enormity of something
(of a problem, etc. ) 问题等 the very great size, effect, etc. of something; the fact of something being very serious 巨大；深远影响；严重性
Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective
the enormity of the task 任务的艰巨性 People are still coming to terms with the enormity of the disaster. 人们仍在逐渐适应忍受这一灾难带来的严重恶果。 The full enormity of the crime has not yet been revealed. 这一罪行的严重性还没有充分揭示出来。 It took time for the full enormity of the attack to sink in. 需要一定的时间人们才能充分认识到这场袭击的严重恶果。 It’s difficult to grasp the sheer enormity of the tragedy. 很难确切知道这场悲剧的严重程度。
- [countable, usually plural] (formal)
a very serious crime 滔天罪行；罪大恶极 the enormities of the Hitler regime 希特勒政权的滔天罪行
Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin enormitas, from enormis, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + norma ‘pattern, standard’. The word originally meant ‘deviation from legal or moral rectitude’ and ‘transgression’. Current senses have been influenced by enormous.