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monumental Line breaks: monu|men¦tal
Pronunciation: /mɒnjʊˈmɛnt(ə)l/

Definition of monumental in English:


1Great in importance, extent, or size: it’s been a monumental effort
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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
British informal ginormous
terrible, dreadful, awful, colossal, staggering, huge, enormous;
catastrophic, unforgivable, indefensible
informal whopping
rare egregious
impressive, striking, outstanding, remarkable, magnificent, marvellous, majestic, stupendous, prodigious, ambitious, large-scale, grand, awe-inspiring, awesome, important, significant, distinguished, classic, memorable, transcendent, exalted, unforgettable, enduring, lasting, abiding, permanent, immortal, historic, epoch-making
2Of 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.
commemorative, memorial, celebratory, commemorating, funerary



Pronunciation: /mɒnjʊmɛnˈtalɪti/
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: /mɒnjʊˈmɛnt(ə)li/
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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