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monstrosity

[mon-stros-i-tee]
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noun, plural mon·stros·i·ties.
  1. the state or character of being monstrous.
  2. a monster or something monstrous.
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Origin of monstrosity

1545–55; < Late Latin mōnstrōsitās, equivalent to Latin mōnstrōs(us) monstrous + -itās -ity
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  • In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • PAN, monstrosity, musical instrument maker, friend of poets.

  • He strained his eyes to distinguish the monstrosity more clearly.

    The Pygmy Planet

    John Stewart Williamson

  • Even in what looks to us like defect and monstrosity, she is never incorrect.

  • Against himself, clergyman and gentleman, the monstrosity of the charge was clear.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy


British Dictionary definitions for monstrosity

monstrosity

noun plural -ties
  1. an outrageous or ugly person or thing; monster
  2. the state or quality of being monstrous
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Word Origin and History for monstrosity

n.

1550s, "abnormality of growth," from Late Latin monstrositas "strangeness," from Latin monstrosus, a collateral form of monstruosus (cf. French monstruosité); see monster. Earlier form was monstruosity (c.1400). Sense of "quality of being monstrous" is first recorded 1650s. Meaning "a monster" is attested from 1640s.

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