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enormousness, enormity

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These words may both be used to describe something that is “very large.” But enormity has recently begun to take on strongly negative connotations. Enormity implies that something is both “big” and “bad.” Enormousness does not carry this baggage and is generally considered a more neutral term, which simply means “large.”

Example: The sheer enormity of the economic problem was complicated by the enormousness of the region affected.

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