Mon"strous (?), a. [OE. monstruous, F. monstrueux, fr. L. monstruosus, fr. monstrum. See Monster.]


Marvelous; strange.



Having the qualities of a monster; deviating greatly from the natural form or character; abnormal; as, a monstrous birth.


He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom he is bound to love ... is unnatural and monstrous in his affections. Jer. Taylor.


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.


Extraordinary on account of ugliness, viciousness, or wickedness; hateful; horrible; dreadful.

So bad a death argues a monstrous life. Shak.


Abounding in monsters.


Where thou, perhaps, under the whelming tide Visitest the bottom of the monstrous world. Milton.


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Mon"strous, adv.

Exceedingly; very; very much.

"A monstrous thick oil on the top."


And will be monstrous witty on the poor. Dryden.


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