Origin of monstrous
Examples from the Web for monstrousness
But he also spared Hitler and Stalin: keeping them human only magnified their monstrousness.
A tattered shift covered some of her monstrousness, but she was still a nightmare.The Valor of Cappen Varra|Poul William Anderson
Commander Benedict's mind whirled around the monstrousness of the whole thing like some dizzy bee around a flower.Time Fuze|Gordon Randall Garrett
We've often talked of such things: of the monstrousness of useless sacrifices.The Reef|Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for monstrousness
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].