monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness.
the monstrous waste of the project
prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size).
made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe.
the tremendous roar of the cataract
stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description.
a stupendous volcanic eruption
Examples of monstrous in a Sentence
It was monstrous of him to keep the truth from them all those years.
a monstrous melon that was clearly not fit to eat Adverb
a monstrous pretty gal, she was
Recent Examples on the Web
From there, your painting grew even more interested in the monstrous body.—Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2023 Of course, wartime propaganda describing enemies as monstrous is not confined to the Middle East.—Roger Cohen, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Whether La Llorona is held up as a form of resistance against oppression, owning her power or reclaiming the monstrous bruja within, the narratives of the wailing woman have endured for centuries, reimagined into a radical icon.—Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Reynolds went against the artistic conventions of the time by giving a physical, monstrous form to Shakespeare’s figure of speech.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Nov. 2023 Secretary Blinken has said that what Hamas is doing with using human shields is monstrous.—CBS News, 5 Nov. 2023 Cerberus: The 3 Headed Dog Born from the monstrous, multi-headed Typhon and the serpent-woman Echidna, Cerberus was among the primordial monsters predating humanity.—Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 His great-great-uncle Leopold II had overseen what was then called the Congo Free State as his personal fiefdom—and established a system of exploitation that was monstrous even by colonial standards.—Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Both father and son had monstrous mutual resentments.—Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 See More
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