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(Mon"ster) n. [OE. monstre, F. monstre, fr. L. monstrum, orig., a divine omen, indicating
misfortune; akin of monstrare to show, point out, indicate, and monere to warn. See Monition, and cf.
1. Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel.
A monster or marvel.Chaucer.
2. Specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
3. Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty.
(Mon"ster), a. Monstrous in size. Pope.
(Mon"ster), v. t. To make monstrous. [Obs.] Shak.
(Mon"strance) n. [LL. monstrantia, fr. L. monstrare to show: cf. OF. monstrance. See
Monster.] (R. C. Ch.) A transparent pyx, in which the consecrated host is exposed to view.
(Mon*stra"tion) n. [L. monstratio.] The act of demonstrating; proof. [Obs.]
A certain monstration.Grafton.
(Mon*stros"i*ty) n.; pl. Monstrosities [Cf. F. monstruosité. See Monstrous.] The state
of being monstrous, or out of the common order of nature; that which is monstrous; a monster. South.
A monstrosity never changes the name or affects the immutability of a species.Adanson (Trans. ).
(Mon"strous) a. [OE. monstruous, F. monstrueux, fr. L. monstruosus, fr. monstrum. See
1. Marvelous; strange. [Obs.]
2. Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a
monstrous birth. Locke.
He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom he is bound to love . . . is unnatural and monstrous
in his affections.Jer. Taylor.
3. Extraordinary in a way to excite wonder, dislike, apprehension, etc.; said of size, appearance, color,
sound, etc.; as, a monstrous height; a monstrous ox; a monstrous story.
4. Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful.
So bad a death argues a monstrous life.Shak.
5. Abounding in monsters. [R.]
Where thou, perhaps, under the whelming tideMilton.
Visitest the bottom of the monstrous world.
(Mon"strous), adv. Exceedingly; very; very much. "A monstrous thick oil on the top." Bacon.
And will be monstrous witty on the poor.Dryden.
(Mon"strous*ly), adv. In a monstrous manner; unnaturally; extraordinarily; as, monstrously
wicked. "Who with his wife is monstrously in love." Dryden.