monolithic

adjective

mono·​lith·​ic ˌmä-nə-ˈli-thik How to pronounce monolithic (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or resembling a monolith : huge, massive
a large monolithic building
an influential monolithic organization
b(1)
: formed from a single crystal
a monolithic silicon chip
(2)
: produced in or on a monolithic chip (see chip entry 1 sense 6b)
a monolithic circuit
2
a
: cast as a single piece
a monolithic concrete wall
b
: formed or composed of material without joints or seams
a monolithic floor covering
c
: consisting of or constituting a single unit
3
a
: constituting a massive undifferentiated and often rigid whole
a monolithic society
b
: exhibiting or characterized by often rigidly fixed uniformity
monolithic party unity
monolithically adverb

Examples of monolithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the university’s pursuit of diversity as currently conceived has proven disastrous, maintaining an ideologically monolithic faculty does a disservice to the student body. Alexander Hughes, National Review, 4 Jan. 2024 There is the monolithic enemy — commies from North Vietnam, sneak attackers from Imperial Japan, tech spies from China. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Diversity is the demand for monolithic adherence to progressive pieties. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 23 Dec. 2023 Though suburbs are certainly not monolithic in their party preferences, even small leftward shifts in these areas have benefited Democrats — particularly as they've been accompanied by, or perhaps helped drive, high turnout. Tia Yang, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2023 The film asks why publishing sees Black authors as a monolith and permits itself a monolithic answer. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2023 And since the government wants to maintain a monolithic culture, the country is not going to take in immigrants to compensate. Fareed Zakaria, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 The problem is that past a certain size (roughly 8 meters wide) a monolithic, single-piece telescope mirror is extremely difficult to cast, polish, and use—building a structure just to support such an immense weight is prohibitive. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2023 Talk about Islam as a dangerous, monolithic entity represented by its most violent elements became mainstreamed. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see monolith

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of monolithic was in 1825

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“Monolithic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monolithic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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