wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery.
the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone.
sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking.

1700–10; < Late Greek monotonía, equivalent to monóton(os) monotonous + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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monotony (məˈnɒtənɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  wearisome routine; dullness
2.  lack of variety in pitch or cadence

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Word Origin & History

1706, originally in transf. sense of "wearisome, tiresome," from Fr. monotonie, from Gk. monotonia, from monotonos "monotonous, of one tone," from monos "single, alone" + tonos "tone" (see tenet). Literal sense of "sameness of tone or pitch" is from 1724.
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Example sentences
Something outlandish every 12 minutes or so breaks the monotony for the
The secret to maintaining this balance over the long haul is to avoid letting
  moderation turn into monotony.
It was the perfect escape from the monotony of his work and the pain in his
  personal life.
Hours and hours of straight roads with little if anything of interest to break
  up the monotony.
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