colossal

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EtymologyEdit

From French colossal, formed from Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossós, giant statue).

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  • IPA(key): /kəˈlɒsəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒsəl

AdjectiveEdit

colossal (comparative more colossal, superlative most colossal)

  1. Extremely large or on a great scale.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. [] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
    A single puppy can make a colossal mess.
    • 2017 April 23, “Ivanka & Jared”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 4, episode 10, HBO:
      What is wrong with you, you colossal fucking creep⁉ You found the only possible wrong answer to that question! “What’s your favorite color? Hitler.”
  2. Amazingly spectacular; extraordinary; epic.
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      "It's just the very biggest thing that I ever heard of!" said I, though it was my journalistic rather than my scientific enthusiasm that was roused. "It is colossal. You are a Columbus of science who has discovered a lost world."

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From colosse +‎ -al.

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colossal (feminine singular colossale, masculine plural colossaux, feminine plural colossales)

  1. colossal, huge

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  • English: colossal
  • German: kolossal

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From colosso +‎ -al.

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colossal m or f (plural colossais, comparable)

  1. colossal (extremely large)
    Synonyms: gigante, enorme

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