monstrous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj monstrous 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"
    • adj monstrous 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"
    • adj monstrous abnormally large
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monstrous Abounding in monsters. "Where thou, perhaps, under the whelming tide
      Visitest the bottom of the monstrous world."
    • adv Monstrous Exceedingly; very; very much. "A monstrous thick oil on the top.""And will be monstrous witty on the poor."
    • Monstrous 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.
    • Monstrous Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful. "So bad a death argues a monstrous life."
    • Monstrous Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous birth. "He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom he is bound to love . . . is unnatural and monstrous in his affections."
    • Monstrous Marvelous; strange.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • monstrous Of unnatural formation; deviating greatly from the natural form or structure; out of the common course of nature: as, a monstrous birth or production.
    • monstrous Enormous; huge; prodigious; unparalleled.
    • monstrous Shocking; hateful; horrible: as, a monstrous delusion.
    • monstrous Full of monsters or strange creatures.
    • monstrous Synonyms Abnormal.
    • monstrous Prodigious, vast, colossal, stupendous.
    • monstrous Wicked, Atrocious, etc. (see atrocious).
    • monstrous Exceedingly; extremely; wonderfully: as, monstrous difficult.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Monstrous out of the common course of nature: enormous: wonderful: horrible
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.”
  • Isadora Duncan
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    “It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.”
  • Jean Rostand
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    “A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.”
  • Wilfred Owen
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    “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. monstruous, F. monstrueux, fr. L. monstruosus, fr. monstrum,. See Monster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. monstrum, an omen, a monster—monēre, to warn.

Usage

In literature:

To him she had been a snake-woman, possessed of a fascination which, to him, was monstrous and wholly incomprehensible.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It arose and moved, after its fashion, as he had conceived it, beautiful, monstrous, terrible.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
In the surrounding stillness the blowing of his nose became a monstrous and appalling act.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
You hope for some monstrous result from it all.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Yes, but who will put me in touch with this monstrous priest?
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The monstrous folly of those forgeries seemed beyond anything he could have perpetrated in his sober senses.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
All he sensed now was that there had been some monstrous inexplicable alteration in hope, love, life.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
But Britain, though not personally appearing to bear her part in this monstrous tragi-comedy, was very far from being forgotten.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Your aunt she had a monstrous sight of chiny.
"Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
He was a monstrous clever old buck now, I tell you.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
I no more than he am monstrous!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
It was a monstrous thing, a nightmare, and she would fight it down.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten
He, too, meets with monstrous ingratitude from the child whom he favours, and is tortured and driven to death.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
There must be a monstrous secret somewhere, but what matter?
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
It seemed to her monstrous.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
This monstrous brain of his originated nothing, but ideas presented to it became monstrous, too.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
There was a monstrous space of nothingness immediately before his eyes.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Now, why could not the ancients raise one little scintillating glory in behalf of their monstrous deities?
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
What monstrous crime am I charged with?
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
At last it was fixed, that monstrous pole, and the men of the village sighed thankfully.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
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In poetry:

There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of hell an horror call,
To create, or cause at all
Affrighting.
"The White Island:or Place Of The Blest" by Robert Herrick
I? What I answered? As I live,
I never fancied such a thing
As answer possible to give.
What says the body when they spring
Some monstrous torture-engine's whole
Strength on it? No more says the soul.
"Count Gismond--Aix in Provence" by Robert Browning
From his outspread hand the flaring torch fell down. . . .
And the fires kindled, rising and howling behind—
A monstrous war of red eagles that seemed to drown
In the black eddyings of the smoke and wind.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
Vast and mysterious brother, ere was yet of me
So much as men may poise upon a needle's end,
Still shook with laughter all this monstrous might of thee,
And still with haughty crest it called the morning friend.
"Tree-Worship" by Richard Le Gallienne
He'd have more joy than at a feast,
Could he reduce this monstrous beast,
Who, for six thousand years, possess'd
A place in ev'ry human breast;
And, to that throne could truth restore,
That throne the monster held before.
"The Sermon" by William Hutton
All things grew upwards, foul and fair:
The great trees fought and beat the air
With monstrous wings that would have flown;
But the old earth clung to her own,
Holding them back from heavenly wars,
Though every flower sprang at the stars.
"A Fairy Tale" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
As a monstrous Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic, New York City announced its subways.
Monstrous cuts to subway and bus service are coming — for real this time.
Had travelled to southeast Kansas for the last four years with the same dream — to shoot one of the monstrous bucks the Sunflower State is known for.
JJ Watt's trash talk might be as big as his monstrous hands.
As Hurricane Sandy nears landfall on the East Coast, photos capturing the monstrous waves are being circulated across the Internet.
He was there when the monstrous.
Just last week Rick Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme and a "monstrous lie".
The idea was for Richard Ford and me to retrace the voyage of Huck and Jim down the Mississippi, traveling in an open boat on the big liquid serpent that has been such a magical, monstrous force in the biography of our nation.
The film adaptation of the monstrous conclusion to the "Harry Potter" series that took the world by storm will be hitting theaters July 15, and now we've got the trailer.
It has been something of a gut instinct — a visceral reaction — for many to voice unequivocal support for Syria's rebels fighting to oust Bashar al-Assad, a dictator who, like his monstrous father, has no qualms about massacring his people.
I am moving a monstrous pile of leaves to the street to join the other monstrous pile that is already there, and I have reason to be embarrassed.
More Monstrous Movie Music Spider On The Loose.
That's a monstrously mistaken assumption.
For more than 40 years, Joe Perry 's monstrous, blues-on-steroids riffs have been Aerosmith's bedrock.
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In science:

One of the important results is that each 2A-involution θ defines a unique idempotent eθ (called an axis) of the monstrous Griess algebra such that the inner product heθ , eφ i is uniquely determined by the conjugacy classes of θφ, see [Co].
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
In the monstrous Griess algebra, it is easy to check that such a conformal vector e (with central charge 1 2 ) is corresponding to an axis and τe is a 2A-involution.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
As we mentioned in the introduction, the both cases occur in the monstrous Griess algebra.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
Borcherds, R. E.: Monstrous Lie superalgebras.
On the Imaginary Simple Roots of the Borcherds Algebra $g_{II_{9,1}}$
Borcherds, Monstrous moonshine and monstrous Lie superalgebras, Invent.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
Gannon, Monstrous Moonshine and the Classification of CFT, math.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
Borcherds’ proof of part of the ConwayNorton “monstrous moonshine” conjectures: the proof that the McKay-Thompson series of the Monster simple group acting on the known structure V ♮ [FLM88] do indeed correspond to the Hauptmoduls presented in Conway and Norton [CN79].
Borcherds' proof of the Conway-Norton conjecture
Norton, ”Monstrous Moonshine”, Bull. of London Math.
Some conjectured formulas for 1/Pi coming from polytopes, K3-surfaces and Moonshine
Borcherds - Monstrous moonshine and monstrous Lie superalgebras, Invent.
Product formulas for modular forms on O(2,n) (after R.Borcherds)
Monstrous moonshine and monstrous Lie superalgebras, Invent.
Crystal Bases for Quantum Generalized Kac-Moody Algebras
Borcherds, Monstrous moonshine and monstrous Lie superalgebras, Invent.
Path Model for Representations of Generalized Kac--Moody Algebras
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