monotony


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mo·not·o·ny

 (mə-nŏt′n-ē)
n. pl. mo·not·o·nies
1. Uniformity or lack of variation in pitch, intonation, or inflection.
2. Tedious sameness or repetitiousness: the monotony of daily routine.

[Greek monotoniā, from monotonos, monotonous; see monotonous.]

monotony

(məˈnɒtənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. wearisome routine; dullness
2. lack of variety in pitch or cadence

mo•not•o•ny

(məˈnɒt n i)

n.
1. wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in action or aspect.
2. sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking.
[1700–10; < Late Greek, derivative of monotonía=monóton(os) monotonous + -ia -y3]

monotony

dullness or uniformity, similar to that experienced from a repeated sound. — monotonous, adj.
See also: Sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monotony - the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of varietymonotony - the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety; "he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work"; "he was sick of the humdrum of his fellow prisoners"; "he hated the sameness of the food the college served"
unvariedness - characterized by an absence of variation
2.monotony - constancy of tone or pitch or inflection
constancy, stability - the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation; "early mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds"

monotony

noun tedium, routine, boredom, dullness, sameness, uniformity, flatness, repetitiveness, tediousness, repetitiousness, colourlessness, tiresomeness A night out may help break the monotony of the week.

monotony

noun
A tiresome lack of variety:
Translations
رَتابَه
jednotvárnost
ensformighed
einhæfni, tilbreytingarleysi
tekdüzelik

monotony

[məˈnɒtənɪ] Nmonotonía f
she decided to go away for the weekend, just to break the monotonydecidió irse el fin de semana, sólo para romper la monotonía or salir de la rutina

monotony

[məˈnɒtəni] n [life, existence] → monotonie f

monotony

n (lit, fig)Eintönigkeit f, → Monotonie f; the sheer monotony of it!dieses ewige Einerlei!; (of work etc also)dieser Stumpfsinn!

monotony

[məˈnɒtənɪ] nmonotonia

monotonous

(məˈnotənəs) adjective
lacking in variety; dull. a monotonous piece of music.
moˈnotonously adverb
moˈnotony noun
References in classic literature ?
There was only one break in the dreary monotony of that month: when Blind d'Arnault, the Negro pianist, came to town.
It was so feeble and inconsistent a culmination to the beautiful scenery they had passed through, so hopeless and imbecile a conclusion to the preparation of that long picturesque journey, with its glimpses of sylvan and pastoral glades and canyons, that, as the coach swept down the last incline, and the remorseless monotony of the dead level spread out before them, furrowed by ditches and indented by pits, under cover of shielding their cheeks from the impalpable dust that rose beneath the plunging wheels, they buried their faces in their handkerchiefs, to hide a few half-hysterical tears.
He was probably accustomed to a sad monotony of life, not so much flowing in a stream, however sluggish, as stagnating in a pool around his feet.
As he went back he did not shiver so, he had more courage for his task; the deadly brutalizing monotony of it did not afflict him so,--he had ideas while he worked, and took a more cheerful view of his circumstances.
Merry days were these at Thornfield Hall; and busy days too: how different from the first three months of stillness, monotony, and solitude I had passed beneath its roof
Her complexion partook of the pure monotony of tint which characterized her hair -- it was of the same soft, warm, creamy fairness all over, without a tinge of color in the cheeks, except on occasions of unusual bodily exertion or sudden mental disturbance.
In the monotony of my life, and in my constant apprehension of the re-opening of the school, it was such an insupportable affliction
The livelong day he sat in his loom, his ear filled with its monotony, his eyes bent close down on the slow growth of sameness in the brownish web, his muscles moving with such even repetition that their pause seemed almost as much a constraint as the holding of his breath.
The mere cadence of the sentences, the subtle monotony of their music, so full as it was of complex refrains and movements elaborately repeated, produced in the mind of the lad, as he passed from chapter to chapter, a form of reverie, a malady of dreaming, that made him unconscious of the falling day and creeping shadows.
The Emperor longed for something to come and relieve the monotony of this deathlike stillness.
The monotony of life aboard her became trying for the crew.
Certainly the monotony on board must seem intolerable to the Canadian, accustomed as he was to a life of liberty and activity.