monstrosity

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noun mon·stros·i·ty \ män-ˈsträ-sə-tē \

Definition of monstrosity

plural monstrosities
1 a :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
3 a :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.

Examples of monstrosity in a Sentence

  1. Did you see the new mall? It's a monstrosity.

  2. any monstrosities born to the farm animals were sent to the agricultural college for study

Recent Examples of monstrosity from the Web

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First Known Use of monstrosity

15th century


MONSTROSITY Defined for English Language Learners

monstrosity

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Definition of monstrosity for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a building) that is very large and ugly


MONSTROSITY Defined for Kids

monstrosity

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noun mon·stros·i·ty \ män-ˈsträ-sə-tē \

Definition of monstrosity for Students

plural monstrosities
:something that is large and ugly

Medical Dictionary

monstrosity

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noun mon·stros·i·ty \ män-ˈsträs-ət-ē \

medical Definition of monstrosity

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

monstrous

play \ˈmän(t)-strəs\ adjective


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