Definition of monstrosity in English:


nounPlural monstrosities

  • 1A thing, especially a building, which is very large and unsightly.

    ‘the shopping centre, a multi-storey monstrosity of raw concrete’
    • ‘The building is an architectural monstrosity.’
    • ‘There has been no consultation about this, and the proposed mast is an absolute monstrosity.’
    • ‘Although I don't remember the food I do remember the cafe being knocked down to make way for the concrete monstrosity that is the council offices.’
    • ‘And yet the building is a monstrosity, a gaping hole in the middle of town, hostile to the needs of its neighbors and inhabitants alike.’
    • ‘When first purchased in the 1940s and 1950s, many citizens of Philadelphia saw such buildings as architectural monstrosities that needed to be replaced.’
    • ‘The residents of the area enjoy a peaceful neighbourhood, this stadium would be a monstrosity.’
    • ‘We are losing faith especially when we see a monstrosity of a building going up at the corner of Coronation Street and Mucurapo Road, which we understand is an illegal structure.’
    • ‘The project ran into huge opposition from a committee, who were worried the building would be an ugly monstrosity, while also harbouring concerns about traffic.’
    • ‘I have the misfortune to live between a blinding, yellow concrete monstrosity on one side and an unkempt, dirty, semi-paved yard on the other.’
    • ‘This is the same council that allowed concrete monstrosities to be built.’
    • ‘I think it is an absolute disgrace that the tube station is being redeveloped into that monstrosity of a building.’
    • ‘The police station is going to be demolished and from what I have seen of the plans, a monstrosity of a building is going to be erected in a conservation area.’
    • ‘The letters echoes a much held view: because in the 1960s a monstrosity was put up at 9 High Street we should never, ever build anything again.’
    • ‘I'm amazed by the monstrosity of architecture, the eradication of beautiful buildings.’
    • ‘It obstructed the view into the city centre, and became an eyesore and a monstrosity that for the past several years has been closed and obsolete.’
    • ‘It will essentially be a concrete monstrosity with street lights on it.’
    • ‘On the three days I work in the city, I have a short walk from the concrete monstrosity where I park my car to the office.’
    • ‘Not much to cheer about then as I parked my car in a multi-storey monstrosity.’
    • ‘And their first move should be to halt the building of new power lines, most notably the giant monstrosity about to scar the Yorkshire countryside.’
    • ‘She has said it's a disgrace that young couples who saved and borrowed for their dream home should end up with a monstrosity virtually in their back gardens.’
    eyesore, horror, blot on the landscape, carbuncle, excrescence
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    1. 1.1 A grossly malformed animal or plant.
      • ‘These hopeful monsters were monstrosities produced by mutations.’
      • ‘You mean to say someone scooped this from off the floor of the labs and said, yes, this blue one here, let's see what sort of monstrosity it will blossom into if brought to term?’
      • ‘It's easy to make new monstrosities and pick genetic traits for each.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, in its place I found a deformed monstrosity.’
      • ‘Changes to homeotic genes cause monstrosities (two heads, a leg where an eye should be, etc.); they do not change an amphibian into a reptile, for example.’
      • ‘I stared in horror at the monstrosity in my arms.’
      • ‘The reptilian monstrosity shook off the vines with total ease, body curled up beneath the neck, and tail stretched out behind it, rattling noisily.’
      • ‘If they were to mate, their offspring would be biological monstrosities.’
      • ‘Scientists used to think that such monstrosities so deeply violated the normal state of the sea that they could only occur once every 10,000 years.’
      mutant, mutation, freak, freak of nature, monster, abortion, malformation
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  • 2A thing which is outrageously evil or wrong.

    ‘how could anyone be capable of such monstrosities?’
    • ‘Reagan's greatness lies in that he clearly saw this monstrosity for what it was and relentlessly worked to defeat it.’
    • ‘Nazism was a diabolical monstrosity and it was fitting not only to commemorate its demise, but also to celebrate the millions who paid the highest sacrifice.’
    • ‘We pledge to ensure that such a monstrosity does not ever happen again.’
    • ‘Outrage at the monstrosity of his regime is unavoidable.’
    • ‘They were the most dangerous and most feared monstrosities in existence.’
    • ‘Famine had mutated into an invincible monstrosity that was ravaging more than half of Africa's children.’
    • ‘I would rather take my chances fighting an invasion of foreigners than participate in that evil monstrosity.’
    • ‘If only we did live in a world where these evil aforementioned monstrosities have and never will happen, to give up my whole belief system would be a price I would gladly pay.’
    • ‘It is dishonest, and worse, to accuse this honorable man of the monstrosity.’
    • ‘I am a monstrosity, a selfish little girl who selected her own life instead of those that gave her life and those who meant almost everything to her.’
  • 3mass noun The state or fact of being monstrous.

    ‘had my tone of reason in the face of monstrosity finally registered?’
    • ‘And also there is a great love affair, I suppose, with ideas of monstrosity.’
    • ‘The film is a brutal, blood-soaked plea for compassion and understanding in the face of monstrosity.’
    ugly sight, horrible sight, grotesque sight, eyesore, horror, frightful spectacle
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Mid 16th century (denoting an abnormality of growth): from late Latin monstrositas, from Latin monstrosus (see monstrous).