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 In 2016, the C.A.P. was among the bureaucratic monstrosities of the E.U. that helped drive the vote for Brexit. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Can Farming Make Space for Nature?," 10 Feb. 2020 The Ducks built leads of 14-3 in the second quarter and 21-6 in the third quarter before the winds of change blew through this monstrosity. Ross Dellenger,, "Auburn's Stunning Win Over Oregon Punctuates Weird Weekend of College Football," 1 Sep. 2019 The second transformation began when gargantuan stars sputtered to life, monstrosities compared to our modest sun. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Young galaxies transformed the early universe by blowing bubbles," 10 Jan. 2020 Fixation on the monstrosities of the past is as distorting as confidence in the perfection of the future. Samuel Goldman, National Review, "The Populist Wager," 9 Jan. 2020 The lovable monstrosity went on to win that year, launching it and the dormitory into a whole new level of greatness, Davis-Millis said., "And then there’s “the Milk.”," 24 Oct. 2019 Those years also saw the development of several civic institutions that could show an interest in collecting and preserving these monstrosities. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 Thus was born The New Deal, a statist monstrosity for free-market liberals who imagined that greater economic collectivism would inevitably lead to totalitarianism. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 Her new book, Art Monsters, will examine the aesthetics of monstrosity uniting women’s art and writing over the past century. Lauren Elkin, Harper's magazine, "Trash, Rock, Destroy," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of monstrosity

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

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“Monstrosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce monstrosity (audio)

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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