- 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
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Examples from the Web for monstrousness
But he also spared Hitler and Stalin: keeping them human only magnified their monstrousness.The Man With the Sharpest Pen
December 30, 2009
We've often talked of such things: of the monstrousness of useless sacrifices.The Reef
Tuckham stood bursting at the monstrousness of such a statement.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
To attempt the least description would be a presumption of the first monstrousness.'Camilla
You can stand the need for monstrousness for a long while yet!The Hate Disease
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He wished to protest, to cry out against the monstrousness of what was happening.The Purple Heights
Marie Conway Oemler
- abnormal, hideous, or unnatural in size, character, etc
- (of plants and animals) abnormal in structure
- outrageous, atrocious, or shockingit is monstrous how badly he is treated
- hugea monstrous fire
- of, relating to, or resembling a monster
Word Origin and History for monstrousness
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].