mon·​stros·​i·​ty | \ män-ˈsträ-sə-tē How to pronounce monstrosity (audio) \
plural monstrosities

Definition of monstrosity

1a : a malformation of a plant or animal
b : something deviating from the normal : freak
2 : the quality or state of being monstrous the monstrosity of the tsunami's devastation
3a : an object of great and often frightening size, force, or complexity this monstrosity, the atomic bomb
b : an excessively bad or shocking example The new mall is an architectural monstrosity.

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Examples of monstrosity in a Sentence

Did you see the new mall? It's a monstrosity. any monstrosities born to the farm animals were sent to the agricultural college for study
Recent Examples on the Web Don't let that all-encompassing historical monstrosity off the hook with a chilly, inoffensive lecture. Darren Franich,, "The Underground Railroad review: An ambitious American odyssey, compelling even when it's flawed," 4 May 2021 In the early 1970s, there was an obscene plan with powerful supporters to replace it with a twin-towers monstrosity. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Part of a storied era in California politics, James Mills helped preserve California and its history," 12 Apr. 2021 Véra’s presence kept the fiction in place, and Humbert’s monstrosity at bay. Stacy Schiff, The New Yorker, "Véra Nabokov Was the First and Greatest Champion of “Lolita”," 5 Mar. 2021 There is a far better argument to be made that the Founders would have recoiled from the thought of that monstrosity being rammed through the legislature without any debate or buy-in from half the states. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The Unmitigated Hypocrisy of the Filibuster Busters," 17 Mar. 2021 Dana is forced to confront the monstrosity of her origins. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, "How Octavia E. Butler Reimagines Sex and Survival," 8 Mar. 2021 There seemed to be a joint understanding between Markle and Oprah of the Royal Family as a kind of foreign monstrosity, tyrannizing itself into pain and insanity. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Meghan and Harry”," 8 Mar. 2021 This time, it’s Goldman Sachs that has created a monstrosity for bad market signaling and unnecessary headline grabbing. Joel Litman, Forbes, "Wall Street Wrong Again: Goldman’s “Non-Profitable” Tech Index Is Not Vindicated By Volatility," 4 Mar. 2021 Surely, there is some GOP spin doctor who can come up with a catchier, more precise name for Joe Biden’s $2 trillion partisan monstrosity? David Harsanyi, National Review, "It’s Not a COVID-Relief Bill. It’s Christmas for Democrats," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of monstrosity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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10 May 2021

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“Monstrosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monstrosity

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


mon·​stros·​i·​ty | \ män-ˈsträ-sə-tē How to pronounce monstrosity (audio) \
plural monstrosities

Kids Definition of monstrosity

: something that is large and ugly

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