Definition of monstrosity in English:


Line breaks: mon|stros¦ity
Pronunciation: /mɒnˈstrɒsɪti

noun (plural monstrosities)

  • 1A thing, especially a building, which is very large and unsightly: the shopping centre, a multi-storey monstrosity of raw concrete
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    • We are losing faith especially when we see a monstrosity of a building going up at the corner of Coronation Street and Mucurapo Road, which we understand is an illegal structure.
    • The building is an architectural monstrosity.
    • And yet the building is a monstrosity, a gaping hole in the middle of town, hostile to the needs of its neighbors and inhabitants alike.
    eyesore, horror, blot on the landscape, carbuncle, excrescence
  • 1.1A grossly malformed animal or plant.
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    • Changes to homeotic genes cause monstrosities (two heads, a leg where an eye should be, etc.); they do not change an amphibian into a reptile, for example.
    • These hopeful monsters were monstrosities produced by mutations.
    • It's easy to make new monstrosities and pick genetic traits for each.
    mutant, mutation, freak, freak of nature, monster, abortion, malformation; Latin lusus naturae
    rare abnormity, miscreation
  • 2A thing which is outrageously evil or wrong: how could anyone be capable of such monstrosities?
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    • Outrage at the monstrosity of his regime is unavoidable.
    • If only we did live in a world where these evil aforementioned monstrosities have and never will happen, to give up my whole belief system would be a price I would gladly pay.
    • I would rather take my chances fighting an invasion of foreigners than participate in that evil monstrosity.
  • 3 [mass noun] The state or fact of being monstrous: had my tone of reason in the face of monstrosity finally registered?
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    • The film is a brutal, blood-soaked plea for compassion and understanding in the face of monstrosity.
    • And also there is a great love affair, I suppose, with ideas of monstrosity.


mid 16th century (denoting an abnormality of growth): from late Latin monstrositas, from Latin monstrosus (see monstrous).

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