简明英汉词典

enormity
[i5nC:miti]
n.
暴行, 巨大, 极恶

美国传统词典[双解]

enormity
e.nor.mi.ty
AHD:[1-n?r“m1-t?]
D.J.[i6n%8rmiti8]
K.K.[!6n%rm!ti]
n.(名词)
【复数】 e.nor.mi.ties

(1)

The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
穷凶极恶:超过所有道德限制的品性;穷凶极恶或凶暴

(2)

A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.
骇人听闻的罪恶行径;暴行

(3)

Usage Problem Great size; immensity:
【用法疑难】 巨大;广大:
“Beyond that, [Russia's] sheer enormity offered a defense against invaders that no European nation enjoyed” (W. Bruce Lincoln)
“除此之外,仅[俄国] 广阔的疆域就为它自己提供了没有哪个欧洲国家能享用的抵制侵略者的防御能力” (W.布鲁斯·林肯)

语源

(1)

French énormité
法语 énormité

(2)

from Old French
源自 古法语

(3)

from Latin ?3s}
源自 拉丁语 ?3s}

(4)

from ?s [unusual, enormous] * see enormous
源自 ?s [不同寻常的,巨大的] *参见 enormous

用法

(1)

Enormity is frequently used to refer simply to the property of being enormous, but many would prefer that enormousness (or a synonym such as immensity ) be used for this general sense and that enormity be reserved for a property that evokes a negative moral judgment:
Enormity 常被用来只说明巨大、广阔状态的属性, 但很多人都更愿意用enormousness (或是像 immensity 这样的近义词)来表达这种笼统的意义, 并更愿意将enormity 专门留作表达那种能激发负面道德判断的特性:
Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did
直到战争结束记者们才被允许进入柬埔寨,

(2)

the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot's oppression. Fifty-nine percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use of enormity in the more general sense in the sentence At that point the engineers sat down to design an entirely new viaduct, apparently undaunted by the enormity of their task. This distinction between enormity and enormousness has not always existed historically, but nowadays many observe it. Writers who ignore it in phrases such as the enormity of the President's election victory or the enormity of her inheritance may find their words an unintended source of amusement.
整个世界也才注意到波尔布特高压政策的穷凶极恶。 用法使用小组的59%成员都反对在如下句子里将enormity 该词用于更广泛的意义, 如在句子当坐下来开始设计一座全新的高架桥时,很明显地工程师们对他们所面临的艰巨工作无所畏惧 中。 这种enomity 和 enormousness 间的差异并不总是在历史上存在, 但现在很多人都观察到了这一点。那些在例如总统竞选的巨大胜利 或 她的巨额遗产 这些短语中忽略了该差异的作者们, 很可能会发现他们的词语无意中变成逗乐趣事的来源

现代英汉词典

enormity
[I5nC:mEtI]
n.
-ties

(1)

极恶

(2)

巨大,庞大
the enormity of the job of feeding the whole world
向全世界提供粮食的艰巨任务

现代英汉综合大辞典

enormity
[i5nC:miti]
n.

(1)

穷凶极恶; 残暴, 大罪

(2)

巨大, 庞大
the enormity of the crime
罪恶深重

美国传统词典

enormity
e.nor.mi.ty
AHD:[1-n?r“m1-t?]
D.J.[i6n%8rmiti8]
K.K.[!6n%rm!ti]
n.
pl. e.nor.mi.ties

(1)

The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.

(2)

A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.

(3)

Usage Problem Great size; immensity:
“Beyond that, [Russia's] sheer enormity offered a defense against invaders that no European nation enjoyed” (W. Bruce Lincoln)

语源

(1)

French énormité

(2)

from Old French

(3)

from Latin ?3s}

(4)

from ?s [unusual, enormous] * see enormous

用法

(1)

Enormity is frequently used to refer simply to the property of being enormous, but many would prefer that enormousness (or a synonym such as immensity ) be used for this general sense and that enormity be reserved for a property that evokes a negative moral judgment:
Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did

(2)

the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot's oppression. Fifty-nine percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use of enormity in the more general sense in the sentence At that point the engineers sat down to design an entirely new viaduct, apparently undaunted by the enormity of their task. This distinction between enormity and enormousness has not always existed historically, but nowadays many observe it. Writers who ignore it in phrases such as the enormity of the President's election victory or the enormity of her inheritance may find their words an unintended source of amusement.

英汉法学大词典

enormity
n.暴行 ,残暴,无法无天的行为,重罪

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