Monstrousness

monstrous

[mon-struhs]
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; Middle English < Latin mōnstrōsus. See monster, -ous

monstrously, adverb
monstrousness, noun


1, 2. horrible, atrocious. 3. See gigantic.
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monstrous (ˈmɒnstrəs)
 
adj
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
 
'monstrously
 
adv
 
'monstrousness
 
n

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monstrous
mid-15c., "unnatural, deviating from the natural order, hideous," from L. monstruosus "strange, unnatural," from monstrum (see monster). Meaning "enormous" is from c.1500; that of "outrageously wrong" is from 1570s.
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