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monstrosity

Line breaks: mon|stros¦ity
Pronunciation: /mɒnˈstrɒsɪti
 
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Definition of monstrosity in English:

noun (plural monstrosities)

1A thing, especially a building, which is very large and unsightly: the shopping centre, a multi-storey monstrosity of raw concrete
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
eyesore, horror, blot on the landscape, carbuncle, excrescence
1.1A grossly malformed animal or plant.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
mutant, mutation, freak, freak of nature, monster, abortion, malformation;
rare abnormity, miscreation
2A thing which is outrageously evil or wrong: how could anyone be capable of such monstrosities?
More example sentences
  • 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?
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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