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a. Shockingly hideous or frightful in appearance.
b. Of or resembling a fabulous monster.
2. Exceptionally large; enormous: a monstrous tidal wave.
3. Extremely immoral or cruel: a monstrous dictator; monstrous behavior.
4. Archaic Deviating greatly from the norm in appearance or structure; abnormal.

[Middle English, from Old French monstruos, from Latin mōnstruōsus, from mōnstrum, portent, monster; see monster.]

mon′strous·ly adv.
mon′strous·ness n.
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The quality of passing all moral bounds:
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Each draws on folklore for its theme, but the former "domesticates" monstrousness, as it were, and the latter subtly employs a child's point of view to bring the ancient lore of tragedy when a human falls in love with a statue into contemporary 1890s context.
The Romanian mythological monstrousness preserved the initial signification with a terminology borrowed from the religious vocabulary (monstrum --to remind, to draw attention, to announce).
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