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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 relating to a monument or monuments.
6.
serving as a monument.
Origin of monumental
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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  • The completion of this map was a monumental accomplishment, and must form the basis for all similar work.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • The monumental masonry by Portland Road failed to uplift him.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Again, this Barzillai of the nineteenth century shows us a more sensible way of monumental and epitaphal commemoration.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • "No monumental display for me," was his request as expressed in his will.

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  • Yet no tampering with details can spoil the monumental nobility of this great conception.

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
adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to a monument," from Late Latin monumentalis "pertaining to a monument," from monumentum (see monument). From 1650s in the loose sense of "vast, stupendous." Related: Monumentally.

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