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Meaning of MONSTROUS

Pronunciation:  'mânstrus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous; "tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas"; "twisted into monstrous shapes"
  2. [adj]  shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
  3. [adj]  abnormally large
 

MONSTROUS is a 9 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: atrocious, big, evil, flagitious, grievous, grotesque, heinous, large, ugly, unnatural, wicked
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Mon"strous\, a. [OE. monstruous, F. monstrueux, fr.
    L. monstruosus, fr. monstrum. See {Monster}.]
    1. Marvelous; strange. [Obs.]
    
    2. Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from
       the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous
       birth. --Locke.
    
             He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom
             he is bound to love . . . is unnatural and monstrous
             in his affections.                    --Jer. Taylor.
    
    3. Extraordinary in a way to excite wonder, dislike,
       apprehension, etc.; -- said of size, appearance, color,
       sound, etc.; as, a monstrous height; a monstrous ox; a
       monstrous story.
    
    4. Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or
       wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful.
    
             So bad a death argues a monstrous life. --Shak.
    
    5. Abounding in monsters. [R.]
    
             Where thou, perhaps, under the whelming tide
             Visitest the bottom of the monstrous world.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    
  2. \Mon"strous\, adv.
    Exceedingly; very; very much. ``A monstrous thick oil on the
    top.'' --Bacon.
    
          And will be monstrous witty on the poor. --Dryden.
    
    
 
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