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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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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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