One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectiverare, archaic, literary
1Inhumanly cruel or savage; brutal.
2Of immense size or strength; huge, vast, enormous.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Historia de Donne Famose. From classical Latin immānis savage, brutal, vast, huge, immense, tremendous from im- + early Latin mānis, mānus good.
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