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ˈfræŋ kənˌstaɪnFranken·stein

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Frankenstein(noun)

    an agency that escapes control and destroys its creator

  2. Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster(noun)

    the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)

  3. Frankenstein(noun)

    the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses


  1. Frankenstein(ProperNoun)

    A novel by Mary Shelley.

  2. Frankenstein(ProperNoun)

    The creator of Frankenstein's monster in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.

  3. Frankenstein(ProperNoun)

    Frankenstein's monster itself.


  1. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva, where much of the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her future husband, Percy Shelley. The storyline emerged from a dream. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. She then wrote Frankenstein. Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story, because unlike in previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results. It has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories, films, and plays.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frankenstein

    frangk′en-stīn, n. any creation which brings anxiety or disaster to its author—from the Frankenstein in Mrs Shelley's romance so named, who by his skill forms an animate creature like a man, only to his own torment.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Frankenstein

    a monster of romance created without a soul, yet not without craving for human sympathy, who found existence on these terms a curse, as a man with high cravings might find science to be without God.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Frankenstein in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Frankenstein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Frankenstein in a Sentence

  1. Katharine Hepburn:

    All kinds of nonsense, i didn't want to do it, and I walked out. Mayer said,' That girl is a Frankenstein, she's going to ruin our whole firm.' He said,' We made you and we are going to destroy you.'.

  2. Whoopi Goldberg:

    People have been coming after me and saying they're going to snatch my family, it's like being Frankenstein, people coming after you with the fire, and they're going to burn you.

  3. Wally Conron:

    I opened a Pandora's box and released a Frankenstein('s) monster.

  4. Jeff Moore:

    In some sense, Ultima has a fairly simplified geology, a bit like Frankenstein here, ultima Thule has a lot more stuff here going on.

  5. Adam King:

    Knowledge is knowing Frankenstein is not the monster, but wisdom is knowing he was.

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