monstrosity

[ mon-stros-i-tee ]
/ mɒnˈstrɒs ɪ ti /

noun, plural mon·stros·i·ties.

the state or character of being monstrous.
a monster or something monstrous.

Nearby words

  1. monster,
  2. monster truck,
  3. monstera,
  4. monstering,
  5. monstrance,
  6. monstrous,
  7. monstrously,
  8. mont blanc,
  9. mont cenis,
  10. mont cervin

Origin of monstrosity

1545–55; < Late Latin mōnstrōsitās, equivalent to Latin mōnstrōs(us) monstrous + -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for monstrosity

monstrosity

/ (mɒnˈstrɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

an outrageous or ugly person or thing; monster
the state or quality of being monstrous
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Word Origin and History for monstrosity

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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