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 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 Down comes some old velvety floral monstrosity and up goes old-timey black-and-white 19th-century newsprint advertising in the kids’ bathroom. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deck the walls with lush florals, patterns and a whiff of nostalgia," 20 Feb. 2021 The concrete monstrosity is reportedly the widest freeway in the world. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "It's not just you: The Katy Freeway is scientifically awful," 12 Feb. 2021 His mid-century modern ideal was soon seen by many as a dated architectural monstrosity, out of tune with the city’s historic nature. Mike Scott,, "History shows that a plan to ditch City Hall is nothing new; we just did it 64 years ago," 1 Feb. 2021 Private-sector profits but with public-sector risk is my definition of a financial monstrosity. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: The unfinished business of Fannie and Freddie," 5 Jan. 2021 The kraken of Nordic legends was likely based on actual sightings of giant squid and octopuses, but folklore embellished it into a monstrosity capable of creating massive whirlpools and swallowing up even the largest ships. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "Re-Releasing the ‘Kraken’: Mythical Beast of the Sea, Movies and Now, Election Disputes," 3 Dec. 2020 Creepy people on Twitter, a cephalopodic monstrosity of its own, have let their imaginations run wild for the past month. Washington Post, "A Kraken is loose in America," 10 Dec. 2020 In the middle of the foyer was an enormous, verdant monstrosity; a lush, towering hodgepodge. Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Fake Christmas Trees Are My Guilty Pleasure," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of monstrosity

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

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27 Feb 2021

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“Monstrosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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