(botany) A plant disease marked by gradual decay.
A corroding or sloughing ulcer; especially a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth.
Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroys.
A kind of wild rose; the dog rose.
- the cankers of envy and faction
An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths. Usually resulting from neglected thrush.
An avian disease affecting doves, poultry, parrots and birds of prey, caused by Trichomonas gallinae .
An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths; usually resulting from neglected thrush.
- To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose, / And plant this thorn, this canker , Bolingbroke.
* water canker, canker of the mouth, noma
* (bird disease) avian trichomoniasis, roup
* (hawk disease) frounce
To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.
* 1849 , , In Memoriam , 26:
To infect or pollute; to corrupt.
To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.
To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.
- Still onward winds the dreary way; / I with it; for I long to prove / No lapse of moons can canker Love, / Whatever fickle tongues may say.
(uncountable) Extreme wickedness, nefariousness.
(countable) An act of extreme evil or wickedness.
(uncountable) Hugeness, enormousness, immenseness.
- Not until the war ended and journalists were able to enter Cambodia did the world really become aware of the enormity of Pol Pot's oppression.
, date=May 13
, author=Alistair Magowan
, title=Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Rooney and his team-mates started ponderously, as if sensing the enormity
of the occasion, but once Scholes began to link with Ryan Giggs in the middle of the park, the visitors increased the tempo with Sunderland struggling to keep up.}}
* 2007 , Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon , Blue Bridge 2008, p. 103:
- But the enormity of Clement's vision of papal grandeur only became clear once the public rooms were completed during the years that immediately followed.
* Enormity'' is frequently used as a synonym for "enormousness," rather than "great wickedness." This is frequently considered an error; the words have different roots in French, and radically different accepted meanings, although both trace back to the same Latin source word, ''enormis , meaning "deviating from the norm, abnormal."