monstrosities

monstrosity

[mon-stros-i-tee]
noun, plural monstrosities.
1.
the state or character of being monstrous.
2.
a monster or something monstrous.

Origin:
1545–55; < Late Latin mōnstrōsitās, equivalent to Latin mōnstrōs(us) monstrous + -itās -ity

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monstrosity (mɒnˈstrɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  an outrageous or ugly person or thing; monster
2.  the state or quality of being monstrous

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monstrosity
1550s, "abnormality of growth," from L.L. monstrositas "strangeness," from L. monstrosus, a collateral form of monstruosus (cf. Fr. monstruosité); see monster. Sense of "quality of being monstrous" is first recorded 1650s. Noun meaning "a monster" is attested from 1640s.
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monstrosity


1. n. A ridiculously elephantine program or system, esp. one that is buggy or only marginally functional.
2. adj. The quality of being monstrous (see `Overgeneralization' in the discussion of jargonification). See also baroque.
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