I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete strange, unnatural 2. having extraordinary often overwhelming size ; gigantic 3. a. having the qualities or appearance of a monster b. obsolete teeming with monsters 4. a. extraordinarily ugly or vicious ; horrible b. shockingly wrong or ridiculous 5. deviating greatly from the natural form or character ; abnormal 6. very great — used as an intensive • monstrously adverbmonstrousness noun Synonyms: monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness <
the monstrous waste of the project
. prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size) <
made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
. tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe <
the tremendous roar of the cataract
. stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description <
a stupendous volcanic eruption
. II. adverb Date: 1590 chiefly dialect very, extremely <
a monstrous long raft — Mark Twain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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