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monumental Syllabification: mon·u·men·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌmänyəˈmen(t)l/

Definition of monumental in English:


1Great in importance, extent, or size: it’s been a monumental effort the ballet came across as one of MacMillan’s most monumental works
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  • On the contrary, it is a task of monumental strategic importance for the United States as well as for Europeans.
  • Despite the monumental importance of the task, sometimes the board just didn't take the time or make the effort to do it right.
  • All recognize that it's an undertaking of monumental size and complexity
terrible, dreadful, awful, colossal, staggering, huge, enormous, unforgivable, egregious
impressive, striking, outstanding, remarkable, magnificent, majestic, stupendous, ambitious, large-scale, grand, awe-inspiring, important, significant, distinguished, memorable, immortal
1.1Of or serving as a monument: additional details are found in monumental inscriptions
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  • In the cliffs around the boundaries of the city the king left a series of monumental inscriptions
  • It reeked of historical importance and monumental significance.
  • I have yet to see other women doing memorial or monumental work.



Example sentences
  • Suggesting monumentalism in temporary exhibition spaces is tricky.


Pronunciation: /ˌmänyəˌmenˈtalədē/
Example sentences
  • The monumentality of Amsterdam exists only in the heads of its inhabitants, not on the streets.
  • Some of his compositions, especially those that include a limited number of figures, display a monumentality that is rarely seen in Ethiopian painting.
  • The film's monumentality owes less to its form than its subject - the place of history in culture and of culture in history.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmentl-ē/
Example sentences
  • Whatever he is advocating at any given moment is monumentally clear and it's unthinkable to him that someone could hold a different opinion, even if he did so himself a short time ago.
  • Responding to a disaster of unprecedented proportions is a monumentally complicated task and it's likely that officials at all levels of government made mistakes.
  • I was monumentally productive today at work, and hopefully I'll have something to show for it by either tomorrow or Friday that I'd like your collective opinion on.

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