One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Extremely large.‘a colossal amount of mail’‘a colossal mistake’
huge, massive, enormous, gigantic, very big, very large, great, giant, mammoth, vast, cosmic, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, herculean, brobdingnagianView synonyms
- ‘The amount of money generated for the local economy in salaries alone is colossal.’
- ‘It made £4500 in 1973, which was a colossal amount of money.’
- ‘£35,000 is a colossal amount of debt to start your working life with.’
- ‘Thanks to some very generous donations and a colossal amount of hard work, it's all taken shape.’
- ‘Even at the remove of twenty years many of the key players in the dreadful tragedy could still not accept that they had made colossal mistakes on the night.’
- ‘I thought it was a mistake of colossal magnitude and I still do.’
- ‘It's a colossal mistake to dismiss the book blog community.’
- ‘She has put on a colossal amount of weight though, so I hope she's doing ok and it's not a bad sign.’
- ‘On the surface, it would appear to be a colossal waste of money.’
- ‘So colossal was the output that Blackburn was the greatest weaving town in the world.’
- ‘Yet it is a colossal mistake to concentrate on the negative aspects of our society and to be blind to so much of value.’
- ‘Well in fact, that 1% cut in central government is 1% of a colossal amount of our money.’
- ‘Now we're paying a huge price for their colossal mistake.’
- ‘I actually thought about charging for it, which would have been a colossal mistake.’
- ‘They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity.’
- ‘They spend colossal amounts of money on their dogs over there.’
- ‘Every one knows of the huge waiting lists of the NHS; just think what a difference the colossal amounts of money paid out in compensation would make to these!’
- ‘For any of them to become a reality would require a massive amount of consultation, colossal investment and a great deal of faith.’
- ‘If you give them enough space and have a good summer, bees will store a colossal amount of honey; I got 120 pounds out of one hive on a good summer.’
- ‘In fact, this meant a colossal amount of foreign travel.’
- 1.1Architecture (of a giant order) having more than one story of columns.
- ‘Michelangelo emphasizes the massiveness of the Senators palace by using the colossal order and balustrade above a tall base.’
- ‘It is also the only building in the parish with colossal order columns.’
- ‘The five-bay front facade has a three-bay, colossal, fluted, composite order portico which is repeated on the five-bay rear façade.’
- 1.2sculpture (of a statue) at least twice life size.
- ‘Standing in the shadows of the colossal statues in front of the twin temples of Abu Simbel, one can only feel humble by human ingenuity, both past and present.’
- ‘Along with a colossal statue of Athena, bases for busts inscribed with the names of Homer, Herodotus and other noted literary figures were found here.’
- ‘Stepping off the airplane and into the Houston humidity, the first sight I spotted was not my homesick sister Laura, but a colossal bronze statue of George H.W. Bush.’
- ‘Today, the colossal bronze statue of Atlas stands on the site of the Mills house.’
- ‘Then, aged 26, he took on the seemingly impossible challenge of sculpting a colossal statue of the biblical hero, David, from one piece of flawed marble.’
Early 18th century: from French, from colosse, from Latin colossus (see colossus).
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