Definition of Monster

1. Noun. An imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts.

2. Noun. Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful.
Exact synonyms: Behemoth, Colossus, Giant, Goliath
Generic synonyms: Anomaly, Unusual Person
Derivative terms: Colossal, Giant, Gigantic, Monstrous

3. Noun. A person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed.
Exact synonyms: Freak, Lusus Naturae, Monstrosity
Specialized synonyms: Leviathan
Generic synonyms: Mutant, Mutation, Sport, Variation
Derivative terms: Monstrous, Monstrous, Monstrous

4. Noun. A cruel wicked and inhuman person.
Exact synonyms: Demon, Devil, Fiend, Ogre
Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person
Specialized synonyms: Demoniac
Derivative terms: Demonic, Demonize, Devilize, Diabolic, Diabolic, Monstrous

5. Noun. (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus.
Exact synonyms: Teras
Generic synonyms: Fetus, Foetus
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Terms within: Acardia, Acephalia, Acephalism, Acephaly
Derivative terms: Monstrous

Definition of Monster

1. n. Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel.

2. a. Monstrous in size.

3. v. t. To make monstrous.

Definition of Monster

1. Noun. A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature. ¹

2. Noun. A bizarre or whimsical creature. ¹

3. Noun. An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal. ¹

4. Noun. A horribly deformed person. ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat. ¹

6. Noun. (informal) Something unusually large. ¹

7. Noun. (informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain. ¹

8. Adjective. Very large; worthy of a monster. ¹

9. Verb. To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise. ¹

10. Verb. To behave as a monster to; to terrorise. ¹

11. Verb. (chiefly Australia) To harass. ¹

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Definition of Monster

1. a strange or terrifying creature [n -S]

Medical Definition of Monster

1. 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. Origin: 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. Demonstrate, Muster. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Monster

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Literary usage of Monster

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"THE FLORIDA SEA-monster. SINCE the publication of the brief note in SCIENCE, ... THE FLORIDA monster. PROFESSOR VERRILL would be justified in making a much ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"monster WITH BILATERAL HARELIP AND CLEFT PALATE.' BY ELLIS EW GIVEN, MD, ... THE monster which I wish to present this evening is a seven months' white ..."

3. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"... and proceed to the total of Vanity, tekere they are entertained by Mr. Mnason, and meet with agreeable company,'—They encounter a formidable monster. ..."

4. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1906)
"The anniversary of the battle of Lake Erie was the occasion of a monster meeting at Dayton, to which Harrison came attended, from place to place, ..."

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