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monumental

[mon-yuh-men-tl] /ˌmɒn yəˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
resembling a monument; massive or imposing.
2.
exceptionally great, as in quantity, quality, extent, or degree:
a monumental work.
3.
of historical or enduring significance:
a monumental victory.
4.
Fine Arts. having the quality of being larger than life; of heroic scale.
5.
of or pertaining to a monument or monuments.
6.
serving as a monument.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin monumentālis. See monument, -al1
Related forms
monumentalism, noun
monumentality, noun
monumentally, adverb
premonumental, adjective
unmonumental, adjective
Synonyms
1. immense, colossal.
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Examples for monumental
  • And for many in the art world the monumental head is recognizable.
  • From the selection process to the scheduling of visits, a search is a monumental task.
  • The rise, the monumental splendor, and the collapse.
  • But even as the library completed this monumental task last week, some said its digital strategy still lags.
  • Restoring those specimens to pristine condition was a monumental task.
  • The engineering project that established this rail line was nothing short of monumental.
  • What an amazing monument this monumental task has become.
  • Under the right conditions, patterns emerge from the brain's monumental complexity.
  • Neither of these two monumental lovers were known for being particularly talkative.
  • Which makes sense when considering the sheer monumental size of the project facing them.
British Dictionary definitions for monumental

monumental

/ˌmɒnjʊˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
like a monument, esp in large size, endurance, or importance a monumental work of art
2.
of, relating to, or being a monument
3.
(informal) (intensifier) monumental stupidity
Derived Forms
monumentality, noun
monumentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monumental
monumental
1650s in the loose sense of "vast, stupendous;" see monument.
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