AskDefine | Define monstrous

Dictionary Definition

monstrous adj
1 abnormally large
2 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" [syn: atrocious, flagitious, grievous, heinous]
3 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" [syn: grotesque, unnatural]

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English

Adjective

  1. hideous or frightful
  2. enormously large
  3. freakish or grotesque
  4. of, or relating to a mythical monster

Translations

Extensive Definition

Monstrous may refer to:
  • Monstrous carbuncle, a term used to describe modernist architecture which is unsympathetic to its surroundings
  • Monstrous humanoid, a creature type in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game
  • Monstrous moonshine, a mathematical term describeing connection between the monster group M and modular functions

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