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[mon-struh s] /ˈmɒn strəs/
frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly.
shocking or revolting; outrageous:
monstrous cruelty.
extraordinarily great; huge; immense:
a monstrous building.
deviating grotesquely from the natural or normal form or type.
having the nature or appearance of a fabulous monster.
extremely; exceedingly; very.
Origin of monstrous
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Latin word mōnstrōsus. See monster, -ous
Related forms
monstrously, adverb
monstrousness, noun
1, 2. horrible, atrocious. 3. See gigantic. Unabridged
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  • The whole conception of the military caste as to what the Army ought to be is medieval and monstrously wrong.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
  • His beard resembled an egg in shape and was monstrously big.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • The laws under which these people have been living have been monstrously bad.

  • I was monstrously 'frightened at him,' but, when I came to talk with him, he seemed 'frightened at me.'

  • It was monstrously ungrateful to be unhappy when one lived among these kind folk.

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • He is shamelessly, indecently, monstrously lacking in the ironic sense.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • We may be sure the mass of his contemporaries would have pronounced it to be monstrously overcharged.

    Discourses in America Matthew Arnold
  • Amy, has it never struck you that somebody is monstrously polite to Mrs General?'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I suppose that that was the most monstrously wicked thing that Edward Ashburnham ever did in his life.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for monstrously


abnormal, hideous, or unnatural in size, character, etc
(of plants and animals) abnormal in structure
outrageous, atrocious, or shocking: it is monstrous how badly he is treated
huge: a monstrous fire
of, relating to, or resembling a monster
Derived Forms
monstrously, adverb
monstrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monstrously



mid-15c., "unnatural, deviating from the natural order, hideous," from Middle French monstrueux, from Latin monstruosus "strange, unnatural, monstrous," from monstrum (see monster). Meaning "enormous" is from c.1500; that of "outrageously wrong" is from 1570s. Earlier form monstruous (late 14c., from Old French monstruous) was "very common in the 16th c." [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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