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His pessimism about his play caused him to exaggerate the enormity of his offences.

These chaps seemed to value a man by the enormity and number of his crimes.

Until now the enormity of his offence had not penetrated her understanding.

I never dreamed of any enormity greater than I have committed.

Jon stood motionless, his head reeling at the enormity of what he had done.

Mercedes begged, aghast, quaking in realisation of the enormity of her mistake.

Who either doubts the enormity of drunkenness or its frequency?

As to your gambling sins, there is no end to their enormity.

And she was aghast at the enormity of her selfish thoughtlessness.

He gaped at her vague, pearly face, as if she had suggested some enormity.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "transgression, crime, irregularity," from Old French énormité "extravagance, enormity, atrocity, heinous sin," from Latin enormitatem (nominative enormitas) "hugeness, vastness, irregularity," from enormis (see enormous). Meaning "extreme wickedness" in English attested from 1560s; sense of "hugeness" (1792) is etymological but probably best avoided to prevent misunderstanding.

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