Frankenstein's monster

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Etymology[edit]

In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein assembled a monster from human corpses; it eventually escaped his control.

Noun[edit]

Frankenstein's monster (plural Frankenstein's monsters)

  1. A thing that is cobbled together from parts of other things.
  2. A creation that overpowers or slips out of the control of its creator, often proceeding to turn on its creator or harm others.

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  • 1968Harold Joseph Laski, Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time, p. 109
    They created a Frankenstein's monster which they did not imagine could grow out of their control.
  • 1977 — Norman R. Augustine, Augustine's Laws, p. 68
    Somehow, the law does not always seem to serve those who created it, becoming at times a Frankenstein's monster of sorts.
  • 1991 — Euan George Nisbet, Living Earth: A Short History of Life and Its Home, p. 84
    Like the English language, the eukaryote cell is a chimera, a Frankenstein's monster, assembled from bits and pieces of genetic information...
  • 1995 — Roger Horrocks & Jo Campling, Male Myths and Icons: Masculinity in Popular Culture, p. 141
    He is like a Frankenstein's monster in reverse: everything that is pretty is combined together to produce a perfect androgyne.

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