Origin of monstrous
Examples from the Web for monstrous
“You know, I never had a monstrous ego,” Mailer confides to a friend in l987.
All I had in those days was a monstrous lack of ego which therefore required huge injections of actorly ego and misled people.
“In the camp no-one knows themselves,” muses the monstrous commandant.
Now, what they learned on U.S. streets with the monstrous MS-13 and MS-18 has sent children fleeing north.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis|Michael Daly|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For 27 years, the 105 floors of Ryugyong Hotel, a monstrous three-winged, glass-and-concrete pyramid, have gone unused.
Upon this shall come a roaring lion dreadful for his monstrous cruelty.Old English Chronicles|Various
Not one of the witnesses, placed under such solemn responsibilities, ‘shrinks from repeating the monstrous story.’The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism|A. Leah Underhill
To keep silence about so monstrous a wrong as this merely because the subject is a tabooed one was not possible to Brieux.Three Plays by Brieux|Eugne Brieux
It looked more than ever like a monstrous, deadly centipede.Morale|Murray Leinster
I am planted and rooted in you, monstrous mother that you are.The Far Horizon|Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for monstrous
Word Origin and History for monstrous
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].