mon·​u·​men·​tal | \ ˌmän-yə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce monumental (audio) \

Definition of monumental

1 : serving as or resembling a monument : massive monumental sculptures also : highly significant : outstanding a monumental painting that stunned the American public
2 : of or relating to a monument modern monumental architecture
3 : very great a monumental misunderstanding

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Other Words from monumental

monumentality \ ˌmän-​yə-​mən-​ˈta-​lə-​tē How to pronounce monumental (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun
monumentally \ ˌmän-​yə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce monumental (audio) \ adverb

Examples of monumental in a Sentence

It's more than a mistake; it's a case of monumental stupidity. the monumental complexity of the issue Repairing the damage will be a monumental task. The class was about modern monumental architecture.
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Recent Examples on the Web But why should the GOP do so when Democrats have blocked Republicans from any role in the monumental spending bill? The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Deciding to go to therapy is the beginning of a monumental personal journey that puts you in a very potentially rewarding but also vulnerable position. Nikesha Elise Williams, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 Incredible deficits that called for monumental comebacks. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 The decisive blow came when Rafael Devers smashed a 447-foot, two-run, ninth-inning homer – his second of the game and 38th of the year – to straightaway center, leading the Red Sox to a monumental 7-5 victory in Washington., 3 Oct. 2021 Establishing the legal and ethical guardrails to prevent exploitation, cherry-picking patients, and distorting clinical outcomes would be a monumental undertaking. C.k. Wang, STAT, 1 Oct. 2021 The visions of an upset, monumental by Las Vegas standards, died hard, died only when a last frenetic pass from Tyler Phommachanh was batted away with four seconds left. Dom Amore,, 26 Sep. 2021 But the focal points are undoubtedly the two monumental, curved cement staircases, which are used to access the bedroom wings that Tognon designed for each end of the 2,600-square-foot apartment. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 The stakes for stitching up Ground Zero's gaping wound were monumental. CBS News, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of monumental

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Monumental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monumental

: very important
: very great or extreme
: of or relating to a monument

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