monstruous

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From Middle English monstruous, from Old French monstrueuse, monstrüos, from Latin mōnstrōsus.

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monstruous (comparative more monstruous, superlative most monstruous)

  1. (now rare) Monstrous. [from 15th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      For he was sterne and terrible by nature, […] And rather like a Gyant monstruous […].

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French monstrueuse, borrowed itself from Latin mōnstruōsus, mōnstrōsus; equivalent to monstre +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɔnsˈtriu̯uːs/, /mɔnsˈtruːs/

Adjective[edit]

monstruous

  1. Misshapen, grotesque; of unnatural form or appearance.
  2. (rare) Monstrous, terrifying, fear-inducing.

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