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This is the grandest stroke of religious circumvention that ever was struck.

Hence in his case also his achievements are on the grandest scale but of the worst.

Oh, it was much nicer than the grandest gift the stores could offer.

Each of these is up to the shoulders in the grandest game you ever dreamed of.

And these qualities are the grandest qualities of all superior people.

The cathedral here is the grandest in France, and I stay a week at least.

But I think the grandest part is to earn George Washington's board.

But to my mind, much as I loved my master, Sorley Boy was the grandest of the three.

But their next retort to their enemies was the grandest of all.

In the grandest scale he is called a financier; in the meanest, a pickpocket.


late 14c., grant "large, big" (early 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French graunt and directly from Old French grant, grand (10c.) "large, tall; grown-up; great, powerful, important; strict, severe; extensive; numerous," from Latin grandis "big, great; full, abundant," also "full-grown;" figuratively "strong, powerful, weighty, severe" (perhaps cognate with Greek brenthyomai "to swagger, be haughty"). It supplanted magnus in Romanic languages; in English with a special sense of "imposing." The connotations of "noble, sublime, lofty, dignified," etc., were in Latin. As a general term of admiration, "magnificent, splendid," from 1816. Related: Grander; grandest.

The use of grand- in compounds, with the sense of "a generation older than, or younger than," is first attested c.1200, in Anglo-French graund dame "grandmother." Latin and Greek had similar usages.

Grand jury is late 15c. Grand piano from 1797. The grand tour of the principal sites of continental Europe, as part of a gentleman's education, is attested by that name from 1660s. The Grand Canyon was so called 1871 by Maj. John Wesley Powell, scientific adventurer, who explored it; earlier it had been known as Big Canyon.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.