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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Its chief attraction is the chance to see, in person, this last remnant of the Whitechapel monstrosity. Nicola Twilley, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Fatbergs," 27 Mar. 2018 The West Virginian wasteland is full of familiar creatures like deathclaws, feral ghouls, and other mutated monstrosities. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 The monstrosity in Nevada will have the biggest footprint of any industrial building in the world. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Google's Pixel 3 Reveal Event Here, Live," 9 Oct. 2018 The monstrosities scramble over the cockpit and lunge at me even once I’m settled inside. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: leaving the nest," 1 Aug. 2018 But the way to fix this is not merely to turn back the hands of time and purge our collective memories of such monstrosities. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Short List of Things That Need to Be ‘De-Invented’," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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