Definition of phenomenal in English:



  • 1Very remarkable; extraordinary.

    ‘the town expanded at a phenomenal rate’
    • ‘To pay for this programme we should put a tax on office building, which has gone up at a phenomenal rate.’
    • ‘I'm here, reluctantly, to find out what's behind the phenomenal rise in the sales of male make-up.’
    • ‘As a result, the music has plenty of breathing space for the phenomenal basslines to move around.’
    • ‘When WFCAM is scanning the sky it will produce images at a phenomenal rate.’
    • ‘His scoring rate was phenomenal and he is definitely one of the jewels in Tipperary's crown.’
    • ‘Yet despite this phenomenal strike rate of nearly a goal every two games, nobody has really taken any notice.’
    • ‘I know 10 have been penalties but he's won most of them taking people on, and his work rate has been phenomenal.’
    • ‘We had phenomenal cars, fantastic drivers and exciting races - who could ask for more from a race meeting?’
    • ‘I did this gig to 4,000 people on Sunday night and got a standing ovation and the noise and energy were phenomenal.’
    • ‘Just to play in the Open would have been amazing, but to play in front of such a phenomenal crowd was tremendous.’
    • ‘It was a phenomenal success and played to capacity crowds at many venues.’
    • ‘The mites breed at a phenomenal rate in soft furnishings such as pillows and mattresses.’
    • ‘Over the four days he was quite breathtaking and it was wonderful to sit back and admire such phenomenal skill.’
    • ‘His work rate has been, at times, nothing short of phenomenal, particularly for England.’
    • ‘What I also know about John is that he has a phenomenal will to win and takes the game incredibly seriously.’
    • ‘He is leaving established international acts in the shade and is chalking up phenomenal album sales.’
    • ‘These great performances are supplemented by quite breathtaking visuals of a phenomenal quality.’
    • ‘The effort by teachers, parents, pupils and the general public was phenomenal.’
    • ‘The crowds have flocked back, the feel-good factor has been phenomenal.’
    • ‘Breath was going in and out of her at a phenomenal rate and she found herself in a cold sweat.’
    exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, astounding, stunning, staggering, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, sensational, breathtaking, miraculous, singular
    incredible, unbelievable, inconceivable, unimaginable, uncommon, unheard of
    unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual, unusually good, too good to be true, superlative, prodigious, surpassing, rare
    fantastic, fabulous, stupendous, out of this world, terrific, tremendous, brilliant, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, awesome, stellar, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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  • 2Perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.

    ‘the phenomenal world’
    • ‘The atomists attributed phenomenal changes to the association and dissociation of atoms.’
    • ‘Nietzsche rejected the Kantian distinction between a noumenal and phenomenal world.’
    • ‘Heidegger is not simply describing the phenomenal character of our experience of others.’
    • ‘Now one might wonder why the immediacy of visual perception and the phenomenal principle are in conflict.’
    • ‘Is the phenomenal character of experience reducible to its intentional content?’