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monstrous

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adjective mon·strous \ˈmän(t)-strəs\

Simple Definition of monstrous

  • : extremely or unusually large

  • : very wrong or unfair

  • : very ugly, cruel, or vicious

Full Definition of monstrous

  1. 1 obsolete :  strange, unnatural

  2. 2 :  having extraordinary often overwhelming size :  gigantic

  3. 3 a :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster b obsolete :  teeming with monsters

  4. 4 a :  extraordinarily ugly or vicious :  horrible b :  shockingly wrong or ridiculous

  5. 5 :  deviating greatly from the natural form or character :  abnormal

  6. 6 :  very great —used as an intensive

mon·strous·ly adverb
mon·strous·ness noun

Examples of monstrous

  1. It was monstrous of him to keep the truth from them all those years.

  2. <a monstrous melon that was clearly not fit to eat>



15th Century

First Known Use of monstrous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of monstrous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness <the monstrous waste of the project>. prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size) <made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside>. tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe <the tremendous roar of the cataract>. stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description <a stupendous volcanic eruption>.

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monstrous

adverb mon·strous

Definition of monstrous

chiefly dialect

  1. :  very, extremely <a monstrous long raft — Mark Twain>



Examples of monstrous

  1. <a monstrous pretty gal, she was>



1590

First Known Use of monstrous

1590


MONSTROUS Defined for Kids

monstrous

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adjective mon·strous \ˈmän-strəs\

Definition of monstrous

  1. 1 :  unusually large :  enormous <He has a monstrous appetite.>

  2. 2 :  very bad or wrong <a monstrous injustice>

  3. 3 :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster <The monstrous creature approached.>

mon·strous·ly adverb




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