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It seems simple enough, isn't? ‘Enormity’ is so close to ‘enormous’ that they must be synonyms. Right? Wrong! 😳
Enormity means - extreme evil of the toe-curling, medieval history or ruthless dictator kind. 

Therefore, the exceptionally commonly used expression “the enormity of the situation…” means something like “the wickedness of the situation” when describing a situation which is dreadful or evil. 

- I heard about the Manchester arena bombing, but it was several hours before I realised the enormity of the situation.


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