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- magnitude:  Magnitude is one of a large family of words for which English is indebted to Latin magnus ‘large’. This goes back to an Indo- European *meg- or *megh-, source also of Greek mégas ‘large’ (from which English gets the prefix mega-) and prehistoric Germanic *mikil-, ancestor of English much. Apart from magnitude, English descendants of magnus include magnanimous  (etymologically ‘large-minded’), magnate  (a ‘large’ or ‘important’ person), magnificat  (from the first words of Luke 1:46, Magnificat anima mea dominum ‘My soul doth magnify the lord’, where magnificat is the 3rd person present singular of Latin magnificāre, a derivative of magnus and source of English magnify ), magnificent  (etymologically ‘doing great deeds’), and magnum  (the application to a double-sized wine bottle is a modern one).
In addition maxim and maximum come from the superlative of magnus and major and mayor from its comparative, and master and the monthname May could also be related.
=> magnum, major, maxim, mayor, much
- magnitude (n.)
- c. 1400, "greatness of size or character," from Latin magnitudo "greatness, bulk, size," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + -tudo, suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives and participles (see -tude). Meaning "size, extent" is from early 15c. Of stars, "brightness," from 1640s.
- 1. The time delay would be smaller by eight orders of magnitude.
- 2. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 had a magnitude of 8.3.
- 3. Ministers underestimated the magnitude of the task confronting them.
- 4. These are issues of great magnitude.
- 5. We did not realize the magnitude of the problem.
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