frankenstein monster

Frankenstein

[frang-kuhn-stahyn]
noun
1.
a person who creates a monster or a destructive agency that cannot be controlled or that brings about the creator's ruin.
2.
Also called Frankenstein monster. the monster or destructive agency itself.

Origin:
1830–40; after a character in Mary Shelley's novel of the same name (1818)

Frankensteinian, adjective
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Frankenstein (ˈfræŋkɪnˌstaɪn)
 
n
1.  a person who creates something that brings about his ruin
2.  Also called: Frankenstein's monster a thing that destroys its creator
 
[C19: after Baron Frankenstein, who created a destructive monster from parts of corpses in the novel by Mary Shelley (1818)]
 
Franken'steinian
 
adj

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Frankenstein
allusive use dates to 1838, from Baron Frankenstein, character in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus." Commonly used, mistakenly, to mean the monster he created, and thus franken- extended 1990s as a prefix to mean "non-natural."
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Frankenstein definition


(1818) A novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The title character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, makes a manlike monster from parts of cadavers and brings it to life by the power of an electrical charge. Frankenstein's monster is larger than most men and fantastically strong.

Note: Frequently the subject of horror films, the monster is usually pictured with an oversized square brow, metal bolts in his neck and forehead, and greenish skin. People often mistakenly refer to the monster, rather than to his creator, as “Frankenstein.”
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