Adjective "monstrous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having the ugly or frightening appearance of a monster.
  1. 'There were cries of excitement and horror as a monstrous serpent and a giant spider came on to the train, sending shivers down one's spine.'
  2. 'Something lived in that house, thought the oldest kids in the neighborhood, something dark, evil, monstrous.'
  3. 'Then, bursting out from behind the trees, the same monstrous face appeared beneath a dark hood.'
  4. 'Then he opens his robe to reveal to Scrooge two hideous and monstrous children that cling to the ghost's robe.'
  5. 'After a good night's rest, the couple resume their journey appearing more refreshed and less monstrous.'
  6. 'She regarded the monstrous creature with wide, terrified eyes of pure confusion.'
  7. 'Their masks are slovenly and childish - many are monstrous; none of them can see how grotesque they are.'
  8. 'Grendel lives, with his monstrous mother, at the bottom of a foul lake, which a variety of other monsters inhabit.'
  9. 'Its appearance seemed to represent a monstrous wolf, with long brown fur that swept down its back and belly.'
  10. 'In a bid to protect herself she invents an imaginary friend - a huge, monstrous beast called the Gruffalo.'
Inhumanly or outrageously evil or wrong.
  1. 'it is a monstrous waste of money'
  2. 'But that rage alone is not enough to drive people to monstrous acts of violence.'
  3. 'These bogus safety issues and courses are a monstrous waste of money.'
  4. 'To those involved in any way with this monstrous evil, I say to you that this is your first and only chance.'
  5. 'How could such a cruel, monstrous decision exist on the earth?'
  6. 'We are overall reminded of how brutal, vile and monstrous the Nazi regime truly was and why we had to completely destroy them in order to prevent any chance of their coming back.'
  7. 'The 1994 genocide in Rwanda is a monstrous atrocity hanging over the conscience of the world.'
  8. 'But what of a wicked lord who hides his monstrous desire for rule and seduces a nation - as well as its queen - into electing him to the highest office in the land?'
  9. 'It was denounced by one outraged commentator as ‘a monstrous departure from the dignity and propriety of journalism’.'
  10. 'I think virtually everyone in the contemporary world would find such a project morally monstrous.'
Extraordinarily and dauntingly large.
  1. 'In the direction that Maria heard the sound of wind, she could see what appeared to be a monstrous pile of blankets.'
  2. 'The protagonists are not overwhelmed by the monstrous power of Nature but by their own little flaws and fears which come to the surface when the mission suffers an inevitable setback.'
  3. 'A beautiful dive at 20m, I saw huge coral formations and monstrous sea fans.'
  4. 'The stranger was so monstrous in size that he was extremely terrified and stunned.'
  5. 'I immediately stopped my car and, smiling wickedly, pulled out the monstrous bag.'
  6. 'At 12.59 am, a massive deep sea quake struck just off the coast of Indonesia, sparking a tidal wave of monstrous proportions.'
  7. 'I stood there in the middle of the hall watching a huge - enormous - monstrous suitcase.'


1. frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly.

2. shocking or revolting; outrageous: monstrous cruelty.

3. extraordinarily great; huge; immense: a monstrous building.

4. deviating grotesquely from the natural or normal form or type.

5. having the nature or appearance of a fabulous monster. adverb

6. extremely; exceedingly; very.

More examples(as adjective)

"moons can be monstrous in circles."

"faces can be monstrous in gaslights."

"crimes can be monstrous."

"carbuncles can be monstrous."

"people can be monstrous."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘strange or unnatural’): from Old French monstreux or Latin monstrosus, from monstrum (see monster). Current senses date from the 16th century.