noun (plural monstrosities)
- 1A thing, especially a building, which is very large and unsightly: the shopping centre, a multi-storey monstrosity of raw concreteMore 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.
- 1.1A grossly malformed animal or plant.More 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.
- 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.
mid 16th century (denoting an abnormality of growth): from late Latin monstrositas, from Latin monstrosus (see monstrous).