mon·​stros·​i·​ty | \män-ˈsträ-sə-tē \
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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Blair, oh Blair, is in the pinkest pink floral satin monstrosity ever. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 And Dan Kildee, the U.S. congressman from the Flint area, blamed a bean-counting mentality, a focus on the bottom line that created monstrosities like the Flint water poisoning. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Why can't Michigan solve the biggest problems like it once did?," 30 May 2018 The squat monstrosity had a spring-lever arm to launch clay disks, replicating a bird’s flight. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Orsino and Olivia chalk up all that monstrosity to love: An angel made them do it. New York Times, "Review: With Help From a Gun, a ‘Twelfth Night’ Goes Dark," 14 May 2018 The yellow heart emoji on iPhone, for instance, used to translate into a hairy monstrosity on Android, though it was fixed in a later update to the OS. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The One Emoji That Means True Love," 16 May 2018 Rather than approach Kim as a pariah, Trump showered him with respect and even flattery, enthused to shake hands with a monstrous figure in part, perhaps, because his monstrosity is his source of power. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 Harvey Weinstein’s donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign did nothing to mitigate his alleged monstrosities. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Bill Clinton Feels His Own Pain," 4 June 2018 That chicken monstrosity is a sandwich like Dracula’s a bat: Everything’s cute and tasty until somebody gets their neck punctured. James P. Dewan,, "Does your sandwich pass the eatability test?," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of monstrosity

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

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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 \
plural monstrosities

Kids Definition of monstrosity

: something that is large and ugly


mon·​stros·​i·​ty | \män-ˈsträs-ət-ē \
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 \ adjective

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