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[mon-uh-lith-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈlɪθ ɪk/
of or relating to a monolith.
made of only one stone:
a monolithic column.
consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken:
a boat with a monolithic hull.
constructed of monoliths or huge blocks of stone:
the monolithic monuments of the New Stone Age.
characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability, etc.:
a monolithic society.
Electronics. of or relating to an integrated circuit formed in a single chip.
Origin of monolithic
1815-25; monolith + -ic
Related forms
monolithically, adverb Unabridged
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  • And remember, these are tweaks, not huge monolithic changes.
  • We need to break down some of our monolithic language.
  • This does not mean a monolithic uniform approach.
  • But business also corrupts and undermines monolithic totalitarianism.
  • But the impact of her story is really more powerful on country music's monolithic image than on her own image.
  • The act of curling up with a good book is a monolithic activity.
  • Of course, women don't form a monolithic voting block any more than men do.
  • There will be no huge, monolithic rockets sitting on a launch pad, for example.
  • They often see the text as monolithic and impossible to penetrate.
  • The suburbs are also becoming ever less monolithic and bourgeois.
British Dictionary definitions for monolithic


of, relating to, or like a monolith
characterized by hugeness, impenetrability, or intractability: a monolithic government
(electronics) (of an integrated circuit) having all components manufactured into or on top of a single chip of silicon See hybrid (sense 6)
Derived Forms
monolithically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monolithic

1825, "formed of a single block," from monolith + -ic. Figurative use from 1920.

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