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 ?
It borrows a certain dignity of sameness from the majestic monotony of the sea.
Snug monotony welcomed you when you went in, and snug monotony met you again when you turned to the window and looked out.
It spreads forth into undulating and treeless plains, and desolate sandy wastes wearisome to the eye from their extent and monotony, and which are supposed by geologists to have formed the ancient floor of the ocean, countless ages since, when its primeval waves beat against the granite bases of the Rocky Mountains.
Midway on the long sweep of the lower slope of the iceberg, what objects rise, and break the desolate monotony of the scene?
Now, it's a question with me, Mortimer, whether a monotony defined with that precision and limited to that extent, might not be more endurable than the unlimited monotony of one's fellow-creatures.
I tried to persuade myself than an obscure feeling of revolt had been gradually coming to a head in his slow mind, but to challenge this was the undoubted fact that he had never shown any impatience with the monotony of his life.
They want to get away from each other when there is only such a very slight bond as that between them; and one day, I suppose, the pain and the dull monotony of it all had stood before her eyes plainer than usual, and the mocking spectre had frightened her.
Here everybody was noisy, every voice was loud (excepting, perhaps, her mother's, which resembled the soft monotony of Lady Bertram's, only worn into fretfulness).
There you toss and tumble about for a couple of hours or so, varying the monotony by occasionally jerking the clothes off and getting out and putting them on again.
There was not a soul for any of them to talk to except small farmers or fishermen; there were long winter evenings when the wind blew, whistling drearily through the leafless trees, and all around they saw nothing but the bare monotony of ploughed fields; and there was poverty, and there was lack of any work that seemed to matter; every kink in their characters had free play; there was nothing to restrain them; they grew narrow and eccentric: Philip knew all this, but in his young intolerance he did not offer it as an excuse.
No signs of life broke the dead monotony of its deserted roof tops.
For so John Barleycorn tricks and lures, setting the maggots of intelligence gnawing, whispering his fatal intuitions of truth, flinging purple passages into the monotony of one's days.