Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

monstrosity

play
noun mon·stros·i·ty \män-ˈsträ-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of monstrosity

  • : something (such as a building) that is very large and ugly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monstrosity

plural

monstrosities

  1. 1 a :  a malformation of a plant or animal b :  something deviating from the normal :  freak

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being monstrous

  3. 3 a :  an object of great and often frightening size, force, or complexity b :  an excessively bad or shocking example

Examples of monstrosity in a sentence

  1. Did you see the new mall? It's a monstrosity.

  2. <any monstrosities born to the farm animals were sent to the agricultural college for study>



15th Century

First Known Use of monstrosity

15th century


MONSTROSITY Defined for Kids

monstrosity

play
noun mon·stros·i·ty \män-ˈsträ-sə-tē\

Definition of monstrosity for Students

plural

monstrosities

  1. :  something that is large and ugly




Medical Dictionary

monstrosity

play
noun mon·stros·i·ty \män-ˈsträs-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of monstrosity

plural

monstrosities

  1. 1:  a malformation of a plant or animal

  2. 2:  the quality or state of deviating greatly from the natural form or character

monstrous

\ˈmän(t)-strəs\play adjective




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up monstrosity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption rebellion megillah torrent
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ