(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
1. greatness, magnitude; dimensions, number; immensity, enormity; might, strength; intensity, fullness. See size, multitude, power, quantity.
2. eminence, prominence, grandeur, distinction, importance; fame, repute, notability.
Verbs — run high, soar, tower, transcend; rise to a great height; know no bounds; enlarge, increase; expand.
1. great, grand, large, epic, considerable, fair, above par; ample, abundant; full, intense, strong; passing (archaic), heavy, plenary, deep, high, etc.; signal, at its height, in the zenith; marvelous (see wonder).
2. goodly, noble, mighty, arch; profound, intense, consummate, utter; extraordinary, remarkable, noteworthy, spanking.
3. vast, immense, enormous, measureless, extreme. Informal, whopping, terrific.
Adverbs — greatly, much, in a great measure, to the nth degree, richly, to a large or great extent, on a large scale; mightily, powerfully, intensely; remarkably, notably, exceptionally, marvelously. Informal, terribly, awfully; no end, plenty, mighty, as you please; by far, far and away, by a long shot.
Quotations — What millions died — that Caesar might be great! (Thomas Campbell), A great man is always willing to be little (Emerson), A great man is he who does not lose his child's heart (Mencius), Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them (Shakespeare).
Antonyms, see littleness, unimportance.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Eminence]
Syn. prominence, renown, importance; see fame 1 .
2. [Size]
Syn. bulk, extent, largeness; see size 2 .
3. [Character]
Syn. magnanimity, merit, morality; see virtue 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality or state of being large in amount, extent, or importance: amplitude, bigness, largeness, magnitude, sizableness, size. See BIG. 2. Something meriting the highest praise or regard: glory, grandeur, grandiosity, grandness, majesty, splendor. See PRAISE.

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