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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -nies

wearisome routine; dullness
lack of variety in pitch or cadence
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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.

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