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unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope

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But it doesn't appear to matter to the Brobdingnagians, who have already "concluded unanimously" that Gulliver is "Lusus Nature" (Swift 2002, 87).
It appears that once his animality is predetermined by the Brobdingnagians, there is nothing that "the anthropological machine" can do to change it.
When he first sees a Brobdingnagian, Gulliver calls him "a huge Creature" or a "Monster" (Swift 2002, 71).
Gulliver becomes more critical of the Brobdingnagians after his failure to present England in a positive light to the King, suddenly declaring the learning of the giants to be "defective" and their language "simple", choosing again to ground the worth of culture in language.
As Gulliver's command of the Brobdingnagian language increases, so too does the degree to which he becomes a part of their culture.
Demonstrating full competence of the Brobdingnagian language, Gulliver delivers an ornate speech detailing the wonders and intricacies of British government, law, religion, and history that stretches over five separate meetings, using his most "artful" rhetorical skill to avoid answering some of the questions that he feels will reflect particularly poorly on the English, ultimately in the hope that he will impress the King with the richness and splendor of English culture.
But it's on the Oregon Coast where the giants, the leviathans, the Brobdingnagians, can be found.
Even when they are in power, conservatives feel the need to convince themselves, and anyone else who will listen, that they are terribly oppressed by the enemy within, nearly helpless before the liberal Brobdingnagians holding them down.
Who lives who has not heard of Algernon De Witt Caramel, the Champion Short-Stop of America?(4) The fairy tale opens in the Polo Grounds in 1889 where the wondrous "Brobdingnagians" of the metropolis (the National League's New York Giants) are about to do battle with the Bridegrooms from the City of Churches (the American Association's championship team from Brooklyn) for the fame and glory of claiming the title as the best baseball team in the world.(5) As the god-like Caramel takes the field to prepare for the oncoming contest, he is greeted warmly by his admirers and lovingly watched by his fiancee, Miss Violet Veronica Van Sittart, a woman of peerless beauty and accomplishment (one who certainly fits the description of the New York actress Helen Dauvray to whom Ward was married).
A titanic struggle between the Brobdingnagians and the Bridegrooms ensues.
The "nimble" Timotheus (Tim Keefe, the workhorse of the Giants pitching staff in the 1880s and briefly brother-in-law to Ward)(6) is pitching for the Brobdingnagians, and to the pleasure of his catcher, Duck Owing (Buck Ewing, the Giants' great catcher), he promptly retires the first two hitters he faces.
Both of these differ sharply from the defective Learning of the Brobdingnagians, "consisting only in Morality, History, Poetry and Mathematicks" (111) and the principal Houyhnhnm virtues of "Friendship and Benevolence" (234).
I am still unable to explain the Brobdingnagian King's profession "to abominate and despise all Mystery, Refinement, and Intrigue, either in a Prince or a Minister" (111).
In this microscopic expedition, Burke becomes a Gulliver among the Brobdingnagians, where what was supposedly small becomes vast.
The Brobdingnagians continue the satire in part 2 by exaggerating man's grossness through their enlarged size.