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Enormity


ENOR'MITY, noun [Latin enormitas. See Enormous.]

1. Literally, the transgression of a rule, or deviation from right. Hence, any wrong, irregular, vicious or sinful act, either in government or morals.

We shall speak of the enormities of the government.

This law will not restrain the enormity

1. Atrocious crime; flagitious villainy; a crime which exceeds the common measure.

2. Atrociousness; excessive degree of crime or guilt. Punishment should be proportioned to the enormity of the crime.