Definition of monumental in English:



  • 1Great in importance, extent, or size.

    ‘it's been a monumental effort’
    • ‘All recognize that it's an undertaking of monumental size and complexity’
    • ‘It must have been a monumental research task to gather all the information required for this work.’
    • ‘It's a monumental and costly task, and publishers have given no reason to believe they can do it for themselves.’
    • ‘Recovery will require a monumental effort from all sectors of society.’
    • ‘On the plus side are the impressive costumes and monumental sets, the excellent playing by the orchestra and generally good singing.’
    • ‘It took what seemed to be a monumental effort for me to open them and when I did so, all I wanted to do was close them again.’
    • ‘Despite the monumental importance of the task, sometimes the board just didn't take the time or make the effort to do it right.’
    • ‘We'd argue and it would take a monumental effort to convince him to change his mind.’
    • ‘It offered some sublime contests and changes of fortune and also some monumental individual efforts from both teams.’
    • ‘So it was the desserts that saved the day, because they were of sufficiently monumental size as to make one wonder why the main courses were not equally generous.’
    • ‘The task is a monumental one because of the size of the islands, their tiny population and their distance from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is a task of monumental strategic importance for the United States as well as for Europeans.’
    • ‘It will be asking a lot of Maxwell to expect a fourth monumental effort in Friday's semi-final against Nepal.’
    • ‘A time of glory, gain and riches comes unexpectedly after all the monumental efforts you have made in the past.’
    • ‘The task ahead is monumental and extremely serious for us and the generations to come.’
    • ‘With what seemed like a monumental effort, the handsome man brought himself back under control.’
    • ‘I've done a good job, I've made (at times) a monumental effort.’
    • ‘Tragically, their monumental efforts prove to be in vain…’
    • ‘Max lifted his head with what looked like a monumental effort, then dropped it back.’
    • ‘The Iliad, like the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, holds a position of monumental importance in Western culture.’
    impressive, striking, outstanding, remarkable, magnificent, marvellous, majestic, stupendous, prodigious, ambitious, large-scale, grand, awe-inspiring, awesome, important, significant, distinguished, classic, memorable, transcendent, exalted, unforgettable, enduring, lasting, abiding, permanent, immortal, historic, epoch-making
    huge, great, enormous, gigantic, massive, colossal, mammoth, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, vast, prodigious, herculean, titanic, gargantuan, staggering, exceptional, extraordinary
    terrible, dreadful, awful, colossal, staggering, huge, enormous
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  • 2Of or serving as a monument.

    ‘additional details are found in monumental inscriptions’
    • ‘I have yet to see other women doing memorial or monumental work.’
    • ‘In fact, the completed windows do possess a freshness that is striking to find in the medium of monumental stained glass.’
    • ‘True to the Republic's practice of monumental commemoration, Hugo had to have his memorial statue as well.’
    • ‘In the cliffs around the boundaries of the city the king left a series of monumental inscriptions’
    • ‘It reeked of historical importance and monumental significance.’
    • ‘Four years later, he went to work in a local monumental works for £7 a week.’
    commemorative, memorial, celebratory, commemorating, funerary
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