mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) , -ˈnät-nē \

Definition of monotony

1 : tedious sameness the monotony of the landscape the monotony of prison life fixing a variety of foods to avoid monotonySHAPE
2 : sameness of tone or sound the soft monotony of her voice

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Examples of monotony in a Sentence

She hated the monotony of the job. The brief storm was a relief from the monotony of the hot summer afternoon.
Recent Examples on the Web The view of suburbia as characterized by homogeneity and monotony became even more pronounced in the United States after World War II. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Version of the Suburbs Is a Lie," 31 July 2020 Shutts explains that residents frustrated by the monotony of remaining at home have turned to household repairs, gardening and other projects. cleveland, "Chagrin Falls is a day trip that attaches to your heart," 10 July 2020 Life proceeds normally enough, but its rhythms are unchanged; the monotony is comical, and then unbearable. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Palm Springs Is the Comedy of the Summer," 10 July 2020 Given that the pandemic is far from over, these types of services may be just what consumers are looking for a reprieve from their day-to-day monotony. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Need to escape your house for an hour? This company lets you rent a space for a short time," 1 July 2020 Here are some suggestions on how to break up the monotony. NBC News, "More calls for police reform, virus comeback in Arizona and Georgia's election chaos," 10 June 2020 This discipline is a way to resist the monotony and violence of prison life. Janie Paul, The Conversation, "What we can learn about isolation from prison artists," 9 June 2020 Klitgaard’s feeling of monotony is becoming increasingly common for workers who are still under shelter-in-place orders, according to several mental health experts. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "A mental health crisis is unfolding in the workplace. COVID-19 and racial injustice are to blame," 6 June 2020 Paganica, a game played with a bent stick and a hard ball stuffed with feathers, was invented by Roman soldiers as a way to relieve the monotony of camp life. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Golfing With Emperors and Presidents," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of monotony

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monotony

see monotonous

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7 Aug 2020

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“Monotony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monotony

: a lack of change that makes something boring : a monotonous quality


mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) \
plural monotonies

Kids Definition of monotony

: a boring lack of change

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