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[muh-not-n-ee] /məˈnɒt n i/
wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery.
the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone.
sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking.
Origin of monotony
1700-10; < Late Greek monotonía, equivalent to monóton(os) monotonous + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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  • What other exile could have taught any secrets of monotony or dreariness to the daughter of a lone missionary?

  • Yet it was received by the only burst of applause which broke the monotony of the occasion.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • A new pupil is always welcome, for her arrival relieves the monotony of convent-life.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • It was a period of indescribable misery and monotony to Brick and Hamp.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • One day, however, came something of interest into the monotony of his life.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • At last a break came upon the monotony of the long, dark winter.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The wreck broke in upon the monotony of Brandon's island life and changed the current of his thoughts.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • A delightful change from the monotony and hard work of the village!

    The History of London Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for monotony


noun (pl) -nies
wearisome routine; dullness
lack of variety in pitch or cadence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for monotony

1706, originally in transferred sense of "wearisome, tiresome," from French monotonie (1670s), from Greek monotonia "sameness of tone, monotony," from monotonos "monotonous, of one tone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + tonos "tone" (see tenet). Literal sense of "sameness of tone or pitch" in English is from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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