If you ask Google to define:great it'll give you:
So, great doesn't necessarily mean "good". Look at Alexander the Great for instance. A warrior and commander par excellence, but he was responsible for an awful lot of destruction, and many widows and orphans would attest to the fact that he was a nasty piece of work.great
Of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average. Noun
A great or distinguished person. Adverb
Excellently; very well. Synonyms
grand - big - large - high
Anyway, back to the present (well, the recent past I suppose). A few friends conversing, the subject of Hitler came up, and a friend said "Whatever else you think of the [REDACTED], he did achieve great things."
Another friend, wide-eyed with horror, says "How can you say that? You know I'm Jewish! Members of my family died in the concentration camps!"
Friend 1: "Hey, I'm not praising him. I agree he was an evil [REDACTED]. But he still achieved great things. Look at the 1936 Olympics, the architecture, the way he conquered Austria and Czechoslovakia..."
Friend 2: "You're a [REDACTED] Nazi!"
Now Friend 2 hates Friend 1, won't speak to her, says she's a Nazi, etc.
I know Friend 1 was a bit indiscreet in her use of language; but is Friend 2 overreacting? I've told her that "great" means many things, but she doesn't care.