One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a monstrous creature with great leathery wings and a horny head’
grotesque, hideous, ugly, ghastly, gruesome, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrendous, horrifying, grisly, disgusting, repulsive, repellent, revolting, nightmarish, dreadful, frightening, terrifying, fearsome, freakish, malformed, misshapen, unnatural, abnormal, mutant, miscreated
lovely, beautiful, normal
2‘a monstrous tidal wave engulfed the countryside’
huge, enormous, massive, great, gigantic, giant, colossal, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, epic, prodigious, mountainous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, Herculean, Brobdingnagian, substantial
informal mega, monster, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, humongous, jumbo, hulking
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous
3‘could he be guilty of such monstrous acts?’
appalling, abhorrent, heinous, evil, wicked, abominable, terrible, horrible, dreadful, hideous, foul, vile
outrageous, shocking, disgraceful, scandalous, atrocious
villainous, nasty, ghastly, odious, loathsome, shameful, infamous, nefarious, iniquitous, unspeakable, intolerable, contemptible, despicable, vicious, cruel, savage, brutish, bestial, barbaric, barbarous, base, inhuman, depraved, fiendish, devilish, diabolical, satanic, ruthless, merciless
British informal beastly
rare egregious, flagitious
admirable, good, kind
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