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ˈmɒn strəsmon·strous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monstrousadjective

    abnormally large

  2. atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrousadjective

    shockingly brutal or cruel

    "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"

  3. grotesque, monstrousadjective

    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous

    "tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas"; "twisted into monstrous shapes"


  1. monstrousadjective

    hideous or frightful

  2. monstrousadjective

    enormously large

  3. monstrousadjective

    freakish or grotesque

  4. monstrousadjective

    of, or relating to a mythical monster

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monstrousadjective

    Etymology: monstrueux, Fr. monstrosus, Latin.

    Every thing that exists has its particular constitution; and yet some monstrous productions have few of those qualities which accompany the essence of that species from whence they derive their originals. John Locke.

    Is it not monstrous that this player here
    But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
    Could force his soul so to his conceit,
    That, from her working, all his visage wan’d. William Shakespeare.

    O monstrous! but one halfpenny worth of bread to this intolerable deal of sack. William Shakespeare.

    No monstrous height, or breadth, or length appear,
    The whole at once is bold and regular. Alexander Pope.

    This was an invention given out by the Spaniards, to save the monstrous scorn their nation received. Francis Bacon.

  2. Monstrousadverb

    Exceedingly; very much. A cant term.

    Oil of vitriol and petroleum, a dram of each, turn into a mouldy substance, there residing a fair cloud in the bottom, and a monstrous thick oil on the top. Francis Bacon.

    She was easily put off the hooks, and monstrous hard to be pleased again. Roger L'Estrange.

    Add, that the rich have still a gibe in store,
    And will be monstrous witty on the poor. John Dryden, Juv.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monstrousadjective

    marvelous; strange

  2. Monstrousadjective

    having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous birth

  3. Monstrousadjective

    extraordinary in a way to excite wonder, dislike, apprehension, etc.; -- said of size, appearance, color, sound, etc.; as, a monstrous height; a monstrous ox; a monstrous story

  4. Monstrousadjective

    extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful

  5. Monstrousadjective

    abounding in monsters

  6. Monstrousadverb

    exceedingly; very; very much

  7. Etymology: [OE. monstruous, F. monstrueux, fr. L. monstruosus, fr. monstrum. See Monster.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monstrous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monstrous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of monstrous in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Dworkin:

    The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    On the very first day that the Democratic Majority held the gavel, the House of Representatives voted to intervene against Republicans' monstrous health care lawsuit to defend people with pre-existing conditions and the health care of all Americans, while The Trump administration on Monday broadens The Trump administration on Monday monstrous ambitions from destroying protections for pre-existing conditions to tearing down every last benefit and protection The Affordable Care Act provides, Democrats are fiercely defending the law of the land and protecting all Americans' health care.

  3. Rose McGowan:

    She, none of us, should endure what she endured. If they're doing it to her, what are they doing to constituents? What is he going to do to what he considers the little people? It's monstrous.

  4. Graham Greene:

    A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous.

  5. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation, as a result of the FBI's outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system.

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