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mon·ster

(mŏn′stər)n.1.
a. An imaginary or legendary creature, such as a centaur or Harpy, that combines parts from various animal or human forms.
b. A creature having a strange or frightening appearance.
2. Archaic An organism that has structural defects or deformities.
3. Informal A very large animal, plant, or object.
4. One who inspires horror or disgust: a monster of selfishness.
adj.
Informal Extremely large; monstrous: a monster hit at the box office; ate a monster steak.

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[Middle English monstre, from Old French, from Latin mōnstrum, portent, monster, from monēre, to warn; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

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monster

(ˈmɒnstə) n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) an imaginary beast, such as a centaur, usually made up of various animal or human parts
2. (Biology) a person, animal, or plant with a marked structural deformity
4.
b. (as modifier): a monster cake.
vb (tr) Monsters
5. informal to criticize (a person or group) severely
6. (General Sporting Terms) sportAustralandNZ to use intimidating tactics against (an opponent)
[C13: from Old French monstre, from Latin monstrum portent, from monēre to warn]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

mon•ster

(ˈmɒn stər)
n.
1. any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character.
2. a person who excites horror by wickedness, cruelty, etc.
3. any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people.
5. a legendary creature having a body with both human and animal features, or the features of various animals in combination, as a centaur, griffin, or sphinx.
7. a grossly anomalous fetus or infant, esp. one that is not viable.
adj.
[1250–1300; Middle English monstre < Latin mōnstrum portent, monster =mon(ēre) to warn + -strum n. suffix]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Noun1.monster - an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear - an imaginary monster used to frighten children
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
2.monster - someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
3.monster - a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
leviathan - the largest or most massive thing of its kind; 'it was a leviathan among redwoods'; 'they were assigned the leviathan of textbooks'
mutant, mutation, sport, variation - (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
4.monster - a cruel wicked and inhuman person
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
demoniac - someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
5.monster - (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus
fetus, foetus - an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
acardia - congenital absence of the heart (as in the development of some monsters)
acephalia, acephalism, acephaly - absence of the head (as in the development of some monsters)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

monster

noun
1.giant, mammoth, titan, colossus, monstrosity, leviathan, behemoth, BrobdingnagianHe said he'd hooked a real monster of a fish.
2.brute, devil, savage, beast, demon, villain, barbarian, fiend, ogre, ghoul, bogeymanYou make me sound like an absolute monster!
3.rascal, rogue, horror(informal), devil, monkey(informal), imp, tyke(informal), scallywag(informal), mischief-maker, scamp(informal)I don't think I could be as patient as they are with that little monster!
4.freak, mutant, monstrosity, lusus naturae, miscreation, teratismShe keeps me hidden like some hideous monster she's ashamed of.
adjective
1.huge, giant, massive, enormous, tremendous, immense, mega(slang), titanic, jumbo(informal), gigantic, monstrous, mammoth, colossal, stellar(informal), stupendous, gargantuan, fuck-off(offensive taboo slang), elephantine, ginormous(informal), Brobdingnagian, humongous or humungous(U.S. slang)The film will be a monster hit.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

monster

noun
1. A person or animal that is abnormally formed:
Monsterjobscom2. One that is extraordinarily large and powerful:
behemoth, giant, Goliath, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, titan.
3. A perversely bad, cruel, or wicked person:
archfiend, beast, devil, fiend, ghoul, ogre, tiger, vampire.
adjectiveOf extraordinary size and power:
behemoth, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantesque, gigantic, herculean, heroic, huge, immense, jumbo, mammoth, massive, massy, mastodonic, mighty, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, prodigious, pythonic, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast.
Slang: whopping.
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شَخْص مُخيف في بَشاعَتِهضَخْم جِداًمَسَخٌوَحْش خُرافي
kæmpekæmpe-monsteruhyreumenneske
szörnyszörnyetegmonstrum
ófreskjaskepna, níîingurskrímsli, ferlíkivanskapningur
怪物
monstrum
briesmonis, nezvērsmilzenisnezvērs, šausmonis
netvorobluda
monster
canavarcanavar ruhlu kimseanormal

monster

[ˈmɒnstəʳ]
B.Nmonstruom (= big animal, plant, thing) → monstruom, gigantem
a real monster of a fishun pezverdaderamenteenorme
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

monster

[ˈmɒnstər]n
(= huge thing)
a great yellow monster of a bulldozer → un monstre de bulldozerjaune
the monster which is the London marathon → l'événement monstre qu'est le marathon de Londres
adj (= massive) → monstre
The film will be a monster hit → Le film aura un succèsmonstre.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

monster

n
(= big animal, thing)Ungetümnt, → Monstrumnt; (= animal)Ungeheuernt, → Ungetümnt; a real monster of a fishein wahresMonstrumorUngeheuer von (einem) Fisch; a monster of a bookein richtigerSchinken(inf), → ein Mammutwerknt; a monster of greedein (hab)gierigesMonster
(= abnormal animal)Ungeheuernt, → Monsternt, → Monstrumnt; (= legendary animal)(groteskes) Fabelwesen
attr
(= enormous)riesenhaft; monster filmMonster-or Mammutfilmm
(= to do with monsters)Monster-; monster huntMonsterjagdf
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

monster

[ˈmɒnstəʳ]
2.adj (enormous) → gigantesco/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

monster

(ˈmonstə) noun
1. (also adjective) (something) of unusual size, form or appearance. a monster tomato. reusagtig ضَخْم جِداً огромен monstro zrůda Riesen-.. kæmpe; kæmpe- τέρας, που έχει τεράστιες διαστάσεις monstruo koletu suur عظيم الجثه jättiläis- monstreמפלצת विरूप प्राणी grdosija óriás(i); szörny(eteg) raksasa vanskapningur mostro 奇形の 괴상한 것 monstras, didžiulis milzenis sangat besar monster monster, uhyre; kjempe- monstrum, monstrualny لوى جثه monstro monstru, uriaş громадина; урод obor; kolos velikanski ogroman monster; jätte- ใหญ่โตมาก anormal 異常大的東西 страхіття عجیب الخلقت جانور یا پودا quái vật 异常大的东西
2. a huge and/or horrible creature. prehistoric monsters. monster وَحْش خُرافي чудовище monstro nestvůra das Ungeheuer uhyre τέραςmonstruo koletis هيولا hirviö monstreמפלצת अतिविशाल, भीमाकार čudovište monstrum makhluk mengerikan skrímsli, ferlíki mostro 怪物 괴물 pabaisa briesmonis, nezvērs raksasa monsterkjempedyr, uhyre, vanskapningpotwór هيولا monstro monstru чудовище, чудище obluda pošast čudovište monster, vidunder, odjur สัตว์ประหลาด canavar 怪物 монстр بے ہنگم وجود کا وجود، راکشش con vật khổng lồ 怪物
3. a very evil person. The man must be a monster to treat his children so badly! monster شَخْص مُخيف في بَشاعَتِه чудовищен човек monstro netvor das Ungeheuer uhyre; umenneske τέρας, φοβερός άνθρωπος monstruo koletis عفريت hirviö monstreמפלצת बहुत दुष्ट čudovište szörnyeteg orang jahat skepna, níðingur mostro 極悪人 매우 사악한 사람 baisūnas, žiauruolis nezvērs, šausmonis orang jahat monsterumenneske, monsterpotwór خشن رفتار كول monstro monstru изверг netvor pošast čudovište monster, odjur คนโหดร้าย canavar ruhlu kimse 壞到骨裡的人 виродок بے رحم ظالم آدمی người quái ác 恶人
ˈmonstrous adjective
1. huge and often unpleasant. reusagtig هائِل огромен monstruoso monstrózní ungeheuer uhyrlig; afskyelig τερατώδηςenorme, gigantesco koletislik بزرگ valtava monstrueux, colossalמפלצתי अप्राकृतिक golem éktelen nagy besar sekali vanskapaður; risastór mostruoso, enorme 奇怪な 기괴한 baisingas, gigantiškas milzīgs; briesmīgs besar sekali monsterlijk kolossal, uhyrligpotworny غټ،لوى monstruos, gigantic исполинский; безобразный monštruózny pošasten čudovišan vidunderlig, monstruös มหึมา canavar gibi 巨大且醜陋的,巨大且可怕的 величезний بڑا اور بے ہنگم kỳ quái 怪异的,巨大的
2. shocking. a monstrous lie. nare شَنيع، مُخيف، فَظيع шокиращ monstruoso ohavný ungeheuerlich uhyrlig; forfærdelig τερατώσης, φοβερόςescandaloso, atroz, monstruoso koletu موحش hirveä monstrueuxשערורייה स्तब्धकारी čudovištan szörnyű mengejutkan andstyggilegur mostruoso 途方もない 엄청난 siaubingas, baisus briesmīgs; šokējošs mengejutkan schandaligskrekkelig, avskyelig, uhyrligpotworny وحشى صفته monstruoso oribil чудовищный príšerný grozen šokantan avskyvärd, ohygglig ซึ่งตกใจสุดขีด korkunç 令人震驚的,傷風敗俗的 жахливий; страхітливий قبیح ghê gớm 可怕的
ˈmonstrously adverb
nare بِفَظاعَه، بِوَحْشِيَّه чудовищно monstruosamente nestvůrně; obrovitě monströs uhyrligt; forfærdeligt φοβεράmonstruosamente koletult بطور موحش hirveästi monstrueusement בְּצוּרָה זְווָעֲתִית भीमकाय जन्तु čudovišno irtózatosan; rendkívülien secara mengejutkan andstyggilega mostruosamente ものすごく 기괴하게 siaubingai, baisiai briesmīgi; milzīgi sungguh schandaligskrekkelig, uhyrlig potwornie په وحشيانه ډول monstruosamente monstruos чудовищно príšerne pošastno šokantno monstruöst, avskyvärt, ohyggligt อย่างน่าเกลียดน่ากลัว canavarca 巨大且可怕地,令人震驚地 жахливо قباحت سے một cách kỳ quái 可怕地
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monster

مَسَخٌ nestvůra monsterUngeheuer

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τέραςmonstruo hirviömonstre čudovištemostro 怪物 괴물monstermonsterpotwórmonstroмонстр monster สัตว์ประหลาดcanavar quái vật怪物
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The heroes are probably the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero?

Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the Ancient Greeks had the strangest, coolest, most terrifying creatures & monsters mythology had to offer ranging from Dragons, Giants, Demons and Ghosts, to multi-formed creatures such as the Sphinx, Minotaur, Centaurs, Manticores & Chimaera.

There were also many fabulous animals such as the Nemean Lion, golden-fleeced Ram and the winged horse Pegasus, not to mention the creatures of legend such as the Phoenix, the Griffin and Unicorns.

In this section, you'll learn interesting facts and information about the many creatures and monsters of ancient Greek mythology

Children of Typhon

Many of the great Greek monsters were descendants of Typhon, the most deadly monster of Greek mythology.

Typhon was the last son of Gaia, fathered by Tartarus, he was known as the “Father of All Monsters”. Instead of a human head, a hundred dragon heads erupted from Typhon's neck and shoulders. His wife Echidna, half woman half snake, was likewise the “Mother of All Monsters.”

Together, Echidna and Typhon raised some of the most well known monsters and creatures in all mythology.

  • Orthrus. A fearsome two-headed hound that lived with giants
  • Sphinx. A half human, half lion who would slay anybody who did not answer her riddles. When Oedipus was able to answer a riddle correctly, she jumped into the ocean in a fit of rage and drowned.
  • Nemean Lion. A gigantic lion with impenetrable skin that eventually became the star constellation Leo.
  • Cerberus. This well-known monster was a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades.
  • Ladon. A serpentine dragon (drakon) that guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides.
  • Lernaean Hydra. An ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits and many heads that multiplied if they were cut off.
  • Caucasian Eagle. An eagle that every day ate the liver of Prometheus.
  • Chimera. A monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature with the body of a lion, the head of a goat, and a tail with a snake’s head.

Creatures

Arachne

The Arachne is a creature from Greek mythology, whose name was later used for words like “arachnid” and “arachnophobia.” There’s very little to fear about the story of Arachne, however. Hers is a cautionary tale about pride that we can all learn from. According to the myth, Arachne was a very famous and talented weaver. […]

Arion

Arion was an ancient Greek mythical creature that took the form of a giant, extremely swift horse. Arion was endowed with both eternal life and the ability to speak. By some accounts Arion was born from a union of the Sea god Poseidon in the form of a stallion and the Earth goddess Demeter in […]

Centaurs

In Greek mythology, Centaurs (or Kentauroi) are half-man, half horse creatures that inhabited the mountains and forests of Thessaly. Centaurs were said to be primal, existing in tribes and making their homes in caves, hunting wild animals and arming themselves with rocks and tree branches.

Cerberus

Cerberus: The three Headed Dog of Greek Mythology There are many unique creatures mentioned in Greek mythology. One of the most well known may be the three-headed dog known as Cerberus. It was the job of Cerberus to guard the entrance to Hades. In Greek mythology, this was the underworld where spirits of the dead […]

Cerberus

There are many unique creatures mentioned in Greek mythology. One of the most well known may be the three-headed dog known as Cerberus. It was the job of Cerberus to guard the entrance to Hades. In Greek mythology, this was the underworld where spirits of the dead were the only ones allowed to enter. No […]

Chimaera

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Chimaera – A Fire-Breathing Monster Chimaera has become one of the most famous female monsters described in Greek mythology. An aura of mystery has always surrounded this creature. (Even today, the name “chimaera” sometimes refers to a genetic puzzle.) Greek sailors considered it a very bad omen to see Chimaera. She usually appeared right before a […]

Cyclops

The Cyclops were giant; one-eyed monsters; a wild race of lawless creatures who possess neither social manners nor fear of the Gods. Cyclopes means ‘round eye.’ Considered the sons of Uranus and Gaea they were the workmen of the God Hephaestus whose workshop was in the heart of the volcanic mountain Etna. According to Homer’s […]

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Harpies

The Harpies were mythical monsters in Greek mythology that had the form of a bird with a human female face; often agents of punishment they abducted people and tortured them on their way to Hades’ domain, employed by the God as instruments for the punishment of the guilty. They stole food from their victims and […]

Lamia – The Child-Devouring Queen – Ancient Greek Creature – Monster

Ancient writers described Lamia, the daughter of Poseidon, as a ” queen of surpassing beauty.” It was her attractive appearance that led to her unfortunate future. Her trouble began when her exquisite beauty drew the attention of Zeus. Lamia eventually became Zeus’ mistress much to the displeasure of his wife, Hera. The jealous wife cursed […]

Medusa

One of the most popular monsters of Greek Mythology, Medusa was a beautiful maiden with golden hair. She vowed to be celibate her entire life as a priestess of Athena until she fell in love with Poseidon. She went against her vow and married him. For this Athena punished her hideously. She turned Medusa into […]

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Minotaur

The tale of the Minotaur is one of the classics of Greek mythology and contains an extraordinary number of important elements. Characters like the brilliant Daedalus, strong Theseus, evil King Minos and his beautiful daughter Ariadne all make an appearance in this story. The concept of the labyrinth, or the endless underground maze, also originates […]

Pegasus

Pegasus is a mythological creature described as a beautiful, pure white stallion with wings. He was born from the blood of Medusa, a frightful Gorgon whose gaze could turn men to stone, when the hero Perseus decapitated her.

Polyphemus

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Cyclopes are the only beasts of the first creation that are not punished by Zeus when he overthrows his father, Cronus. This may have something to do with them being his nephews as sons of Poseidon, and no, there are no female cyclopes. They will eventually become favorites of the god, forgers of his thunderbolts, […]

Scylla

In Greek mythology, Scylla (pronounced “Sill-ah” or “Skee-lah”, depending on what country you live in) is a sea monster who lives on the rocks of a narrow water channel opposite of the whirlpool (and originally also a sea monster) Charybdis. Ships caught in between Scylla and Charybdis often end up being sunk by either Scylla […]

The Sirens

The Sirens were creatures that sang beautifully, luring those passing by to their deaths. Each Siren combined the appearance of a woman and a bird, with the exact appearance varying depending on the artist. Some artists drew Sirens that had bodies of birds with the heads of women, while others made them look like women […]