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monstrous

[mon-struh s] /ˈmɒn strəs/
adjective
1.
frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly.
2.
shocking or revolting; outrageous:
monstrous cruelty.
3.
extraordinarily great; huge; immense:
a monstrous building.
4.
deviating grotesquely from the natural or normal form or type.
5.
having the nature or appearance of a fabulous monster.
adverb
6.
extremely; exceedingly; very.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin mōnstrōsus. See monster, -ous
Related forms
monstrously, adverb
monstrousness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. horrible, atrocious. 3. See gigantic.
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Examples for monstrous
  • These short stories share a seemingly monstrous sense of inevitability.
  • Defining what is monstrous is really about defining what is normal.
  • For over a century biologists have puzzled over why toucans have such monstrous and colorful bills.
  • The rumor emanating from there reflected the instinctive dread aroused by such monstrous innovation.
  • There are many weeding devices on the market, including some designed to pry out the monstrous taproots of dandelions.
  • But faculty is difficult to attract and keep with monstrous salaries being offered by private companies.
  • It's a monstrous book, about a monstrous house, written in a mind-bogglingly complex form.
  • monstrous waves race together from every point of the horizon.
  • Hot spots left over from this monstrous cosmic blast gave scientists clues about the development of the universe.
  • They are re-embodiments of secret fears and desires, of monstrous hungers and frightful lusts.
British Dictionary definitions for monstrous

monstrous

/ˈmɒnstrəs/
adjective
1.
abnormal, hideous, or unnatural in size, character, etc
2.
(of plants and animals) abnormal in structure
3.
outrageous, atrocious, or shocking it is monstrous how badly he is treated
4.
huge a monstrous fire
5.
of, relating to, or resembling a monster
Derived Forms
monstrously, adverb
monstrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monstrous
adj.

mid-15c., "unnatural, deviating from the natural order, hideous," from Middle French monstrueux, from Latin monstruosus "strange, unnatural, monstrous," from monstrum (see monster). Meaning "enormous" is from c.1500; that of "outrageously wrong" is from 1570s. Earlier form monstruous (late 14c., from Old French monstruous) was "very common in the 16th c." [OED].

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