Mo'nster. n. s. [monstre, Fr. monstrum, Latin.]
- Something out of the common order of nature.
It ought to be determined whether monsters be really a distinct species; we find, that some of these monstrous productions have none of those qualities that accompany the essence of that species from whence they derive. Locke.
- Something horrible for deformity, wickedness, or mischief.
If she live long,
And, in the end, meet the old course of death,
Women will all turn monsters. Shakesp. King Lear.
All human virtue
Finds envy never conquer'd but by death:
The great Alcides ev'ry labour past,
Had still this monster to subdue at last. Pope.