Excessive vs Enormous - What's the difference?

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Excessive is a related term of enormous.

As adjectives the difference between excessive and enormous

is that excessive is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate while enormous is (obsolete)  deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.




(en adjective)
  • Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
  • "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."


    * See also


    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number




    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete)  Deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.
  • *, New York 2001, p.105:
  • all shall be rather enforced than hindered, except they be dismembered, or grievously deformed, infirm, or visited with some enormous hereditary disease is body or mind.
  • (obsolete)  Exceedingly wicked; atrocious or outrageous.
  • *, II.12:
  • how apt wee are to receive all impressions, and chiefly the most wicked and enormous .
  • Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=28, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= High and wet , passage=Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=He turned back to the scene before him and the enormous new block of council dwellings. The design was some way after Corbusier but the block was built up on plinths and resembled an Atlantic liner swimming diagonally across the site.}}


    * massive * huge * gigantic * humongous * See also