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 Courtesy isn’t precisely efficient — especially now, when only monstrosity seems to be rewarded. John Hodgman, New York Times, 9 June 2022 Had Czar Nicholas II remained in power, Russia would likely have evolved into an imperfect constitutional monarchy, not the murderous monstrosity of the past 100 years. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, 8 June 2022 The infamous 1953 mansion of the late Indiana pimp-turned-magnate, Jerry Hostetler, is once again on the market and this time, the long-suffering, long-unwanted monstrosity might finally be sold. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Feb. 2022 Beyond center field sits Mount Davis, the massive vista-obstructing seating structure that was built when Al Davis brought the Raiders back from Los Angeles — a monstrosity that might be the only stadium section visible from outer space. New York Times, 15 May 2022 In particular, the two sides take divergent views on what crimes against humanity the Nazis committed that define their monstrosity. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2022 But some saw this gender paradox as a kind of monstrosity. Erin Maglaque, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 Fortunately for pasta lovers, such a monstrosity does not exist. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 That film’s sequel opens with an elaborate preamble that involves a young Poirot, WWI and PTSD, all at the service of explaining how and why that monstrosity now perches above his mouth. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monstrosity

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

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27 Jun 2022

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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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