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[mon-stros-i-tee] /mɒnˈstrɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural monstrosities.
the state or character of being monstrous.
a monster or something monstrous.
Origin of monstrosity
1545-55; < Late Latin mōnstrōsitās, equivalent to Latin mōnstrōs(us) monstrous + -itās -ity Unabridged
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  • And overcome at the thought of such a monstrosity, she began to shed her tender tears to the great disturbance of the master.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere.

    White Fang Jack London
  • There are mirrors which make a man look a monster, but then the monstrosity is not in the man but the mirror.

  • PAN, monstrosity, musical instrument maker, friend of poets.

  • Well, one thing about it, nothing dares to bother us with that monstrosity around.

    Project Mastodon Clifford Donald Simak
British Dictionary definitions for monstrosity


noun (pl) -ties
an outrageous or ugly person or thing; monster
the state or quality of being monstrous
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Word Origin and History for monstrosity

1550s, "abnormality of growth," from Late Latin monstrositas "strangeness," from Latin monstrosus, a collateral form of monstruosus (cf. French monstruosité); see monster. Earlier form was monstruosity (c.1400). Sense of "quality of being monstrous" is first recorded 1650s. Meaning "a monster" is attested from 1640s.

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