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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Synonyms & Antonyms for monstrosity


abnormality, anomaly, freak, monster


average, norm, normal, par, standard

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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

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The nickname spurred the invention of the Boomstick hot dog, a two-foot monstrosity served with chili and nacho cheese. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "From “Garv Sauce” to “Boomstick,” the meaning behind Twins’ Players’ Weekend names," 22 Aug. 2019 And the other was the reaction of the people around me in the auditorium to that monstrosity. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Quentin Tarantino Tweaks History in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 26 July 2019 Some Londoners regarded them as modern, soulless monstrosities on the city’s narrow streets. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 In this picture, Kevin Kampl's monstrosity of a hairdo resembles a custard-coloured Oral B toothbrush., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 RB - Kyle Walker: A year after his part in this monstrosity, Walker earned a £50m move to Manchester City so, clearly, not the biggest casualty going., "England 1-2 Iceland: Looking at Where Every Player from Both XIs of That Historic Game Is Now," 27 June 2019 Tony Stark’s goatee monstrosity helps get across his haughtiness, as Walker explains, as no regular civilian would have the courage to shape their scruff into something so physically unappealing. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 Not something awful happening to their child — that’s a whole other nightmare — but the kid perpetrating some monstrosity on society. Chris Jones,, "In ‘Something Clean,’ parents try to atone for their son’s sex crime," 24 June 2019 The charming monstrosity abhors Bonnie’s love, though, and would rather return to the warm embrace of nonexistence. Darren Franich,, "Toy Story 4 goes beyond endings, with mixed results: EW review," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of monstrosity

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

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The first known use of monstrosity was in the 15th century

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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


mon·​stros·​i·​ty | \ män-ˈsträs-ət-ē How to pronounce monstrosity (audio) \
plural monstrosities

Medical Definition of monstrosity

1 : a malformation of a plant or animal
2 : the quality or state of deviating greatly from the natural form or character

Other Words from monstrosity

monstrous \ ˈmän(t)-​strəs How to pronounce monstrous (audio) \ adjective

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