Definition of Frankenstein in English:


Line breaks: Fran¦ken|stein
Pronunciation: /ˈfraŋk(ə)nstʌɪn
  • 1A character in the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein is a scientist who creates and brings to life a manlike monster which eventually turns on him and destroys him; Frankenstein is not the name of the monster itself, as is often assumed.
  • 1.1 (also Frankenstein's monster) [as noun] A thing that becomes terrifying or destructive to its maker.
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    • No matter how tight the American grip on this trial, there's a risk that it will turn into a Frankenstein's monster.
    • It is a monstrosity reminiscent of Blair's Dome and Frankenstein's monster.
    • People hate to admit it, but the City created most of these corporate Frankensteins.

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