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From French monotonie, from Late Latin monotonia, from Ancient Greek μονοτονία ‎(monotonía, sameness of tone, monotony).



monotony ‎(plural monotonies)

  1. Tedium as a result of repetition or a lack of variety.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 1, in Through the Magic Door[1]:
      Yet second-hand romance and second-hand emotion are surely better than the dull, soul-killing monotony which life brings to most of the human race.
  2. (mathematics) The property of a monotonic function.
  3. The quality of having an unvarying tone or pitch.

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