Monstrous is an adjective that describes something gross or shocking. It can refer to the size, shape, or general look of something. If your face or body is monstrous, it's misshapen and horrifying to look at.

The word monstrous describes something that you'd like to avoid looking at, if at all possible. The word comes from the Latin monstruosus, which means "unnatural, deviating from the natural order, hideous." When discussing size, monstrous means that something or someone is so huge it's frightening. Monstrous can also describe someone or something that's extremely cruel or brutal, like a monstrous dictator or monstrous lies.

Definitions of monstrous
  1. adjective
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
    “twisted into monstrous shapes”
    synonyms: grotesque
    displeasing to the senses
  2. adjective
    abnormally large
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  3. adjective
    shockingly brutal or cruel
    “no excess was too monstrous for them to commit”
    synonyms: atrocious, flagitious, grievous
    morally bad or wrong
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