Frankenstein


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Frankenstein: Frankenstein monster

Frank·en·stein

 (frăng′kən-stīn′)
n.
1. An agency or creation that slips from the control of and ultimately destroys its creator: "How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?" (Milton Friedman).
2. A monster having the appearance of a man.

[From Frankenstein, the creator of the artificial monster in Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Frankenstein

(ˈfræŋkɪnˌstaɪn)
n
1. a person who creates something that brings about his ruin
2. Also called: Frankenstein's monster a thing that destroys its creator
[C19: after Baron Frankenstein, who created a destructive monster from parts of corpses in the novel by Mary Shelley (1818)]
ˌFrankenˈsteinian adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

Frank•en•stein

(ˈfræŋ kənˌstaɪn)

n.
1. a destructive agency that cannot be controlled or that brings about the creator's ruin.
2. a monster shaped like a human being.
3. the creator of such an agency or monster.
[1830–40; after the creator of a monster in Mary Shelley's novel of the same name (1818)]
Frank`en•stein′i•an, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Frankenstein - an agency that escapes control and destroys its creator
agency - the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
2.Frankenstein - the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)Frankenstein - the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)
3.Frankenstein - the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

Frankenstein

[ˈfræŋkənstaɪn] NFrankenstein
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in classic literature ?
Young ladies take their notions of our sex from the novels written by their own, and compared with the monstrosities that masquerade for men in the pages of that nightmare literature, Pythagoras' plucked bird and Frankenstein's demon were fair average specimens of humanity.
I had sat in that very conning-tower and directed the efforts of the sweating crew below when first her prow clove the sunny summer waters of the Pacific; and now this creature of my brain and hand had turned Frankenstein, bent upon pursuing me to my death.
Travel back in time to the than 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
FRANKENSTEIN Derby A WRITER who has contributed episodes to both classic and contemporary series of Doctor Who has adapted the classic gothic horror Frankenstein - and it's coming to Derby Theatre.
Coventry audiences will be amongst the first to experience a bold new staging of Mary Shelley's seminal 1818 gothic horror novel Frankenstein, with an inventive co-production coming to Coventry's Belgrade Theatre this autumn.
Elgin Community College Musical Theatre will present its production of the Mel Brooks musical "Young Frankenstein" Friday, Feb.
This year marks the 200th year since British author Mary Shelley published the original Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Those who dare are invited to take part in an immersive experience based on the story of Frankenstein.
Giving Mary Shelley's classic gothic tale a modern twist, Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster is a musical journey that explores what makes a modern-day monster.
ASSEMBLED from body parts from graveyard corpses Victor Frankenstein's creation was always going to be the stuff of nightmares.
Leslie Kimmelman and Timothy Banks (illustrator); A VALENTINE FOR FRANKENSTEIN; Carolrhoda Books (Children's: Picture Books) 17.99 ISBN: 9781512431292