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[muh-not-n-ee] /məˈnɒt n i/
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.
Origin of monotony
1700-10; < Late Greek monotonía, equivalent to monóton(os) monotonous + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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  • Something outlandish every 12 minutes or so breaks the monotony for the students.
  • 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.
  • Time and monotony and fatigue play tricks on human beings.
  • At a certain point the monotony did indeed engender something like madness.
  • In-class reading and writing activities might be helpful for breaking up the monotony of lecture.
  • They simply appreciate visitors who speak their language and can ease the monotony.
  • The road had become, almost unbelievably, a monotony of beauty.
  • They searched for ways to break the monotony.
British Dictionary definitions for monotony


noun (pl) -nies
wearisome routine; dullness
lack of variety in pitch or cadence
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Word Origin and History for monotony

1706, originally in transferred sense of "wearisome, tiresome," from French monotonie (1670s), from Greek monotonia "sameness of tone, monotony," from monotonos "monotonous, of one tone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + tonos "tone" (see tenet). Literal sense of "sameness of tone or pitch" in English is from 1724.

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