adjective Date: 1656 important, consequentialmomentously adverbmomentousness noun

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  • Momentous — Mo*men tous, a. [Cf. L. momentosus rapid, momentary.] Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs. {Mo*men tous*ly}, adv. {Mo*men tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • momentous — [mō men′təs, məmen′təs] adj. of great moment; very important [a momentous decision] momentously adv. momentousness n …   English World dictionary

  • momentous — I adjective big, consequential, critical, crucial, earthshaking, far reaching, fateful, grand, grave, great, important, impressive, magni momenti, major, marked, material, memorable, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prominent, remarkable,… …   Law dictionary

  • momentous — (adj.) 1650s, from MOMENT (Cf. moment) + OUS (Cf. ous) to carry the sense of important while MOMENTARY (Cf. momentary) kept the meaning of an instant of time. Related: Momentously; momentousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • momentous — [adj] important; serious big, chips are down*, consequential, considerable, critical, crucial, decisive, earth shaking, earth shattering, epochal, eventful, far reaching, fateful, grave, heavy, heavy number, historic, material, meaningful,… …   New thesaurus

  • momentous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of great importance or significance. DERIVATIVES momentously adverb momentousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • momentous — mo|men|tous [məuˈmentəs, mə US mou , mə ] adj a momentous event, change, or decision is very important because it will have a great influence on the future ▪ a momentous decision ▪ Momentous events are taking place in the US. ▪ His colleagues all …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • momentous — [[t]moʊme̱ntəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you refer to a decision, event, or change as momentous, you mean that it is very important, often because of the effects that it will have in the future. ...the momentous decision to send in the troops... The… …   English dictionary

  • momentous — adjective a momentous event, occasion, decision etc is very important or serious, especially because it will have a great influence on the future: a momentous decision | 1789 was a momentous year in European history …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • momentous — momentously, adv. momentousness, n. /moh men teuhs/, adj. of great or far reaching importance or consequence: a momentous day. [1645 55; MOMENT + OUS] Syn. vital, critical, crucial, serious. See heavy. Ant. trivial, trifling. * * * …   Universalium

  • momentous — adj. Momentous is used with these nouns: ↑change, ↑decision, ↑event, ↑news, ↑occasion, ↑year …   Collocations dictionary

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