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 for monster
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monster \Mon"ster\, a.
     1. Monstrous in size. --Pope.
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     2. Enormous or very powerful; as, he drove a monster Harley.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monster \Mon"ster\ (m[o^]n*st[~e]r), n. [OE. monstre, F.
     monstre, fr. L. monstrum, orig., a divine omen, indicating
     misfortune; akin of monstrare to show, point out, indicate,
     and monere to warn. See Monition, and cf. Demonstrate,
     1. Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy;
        an enormity; a marvel.
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              A monster or marvel.                  --Chaucer.
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     2. Specifically, an animal or plant departing greatly from
        the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
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     3. Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness,
        deformity, wickedness, or cruelty.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monster \Mon"ster\, v. t.
     To make monstrous. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an imaginary creature usually having various human and
           animal parts
      2: someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
         [syn: giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossus]
      3: a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed [syn:
         freak, monster, monstrosity, lusus naturae]
      4: a cruel wicked and inhuman person [syn: monster, fiend,
         devil, demon, ogre]
      5: (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus
         [syn: monster, teras]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  205 Moby Thesaurus words for "monster":
     Argus, Atlantean, Briareus, Brobdingnagian, Cerberus, Charybdis,
     Cyclopean, Cyclops, Dracula, Echidna, Frankenstein, Gargantuan,
     Gorgon, Harpy, Herculean, Homeric, Hydra, Loch Ness monster,
     Mafioso, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus, Python, Scylla, Sphinx, Talos,
     Typhon, Wolf-man, Young Turk, abortion, abysmal, amplitudinous,
     ape-man, astronomic, astronomical, awesome, baboon, bag, beast,
     beldam, berserk, berserker, blemish, blot, bogey, bogeyman, bomber,
     boundless, brute, bugaboo, bugbear, bulky, centaur, chimera,
     cockatrice, colossal, cosmic, deformity, demon, devil,
     devil incarnate, dinosaur, dog, dragon, drake, elephant,
     elephantine, enormous, epic, extensive, eyesore, fee-faw-fum,
     fiend, fiend from hell, fire-eater, firebrand, freak,
     freak of nature, fright, frightener, fury, galactic, gargantuan,
     gargoyle, ghost, ghoul, giant, giantlike, gigantic, goon, gorilla,
     griffin, gunsel, hag, hardnose, harpy, harridan, hell-raiser,
     hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellkite, heroic, hippo, hippocampus,
     hippopotamus, hobgoblin, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, horror,
     hothead, hotspur, huge, immeasurable, immense, incendiary, incubus,
     infinite, jumbo, killer, king-size, lamia, large, leviathan,
     mad dog, madcap, mammoth, massive, massy, mastodon, mermaid,
     merman, mess, mighty, miscreation, missing link, monstrosity,
     monstrous, monumental, mountainous, mugger, mutant, mutation,
     nightmare, nixie, no beauty, ogre, ogress, outsize, overgrown,
     phantom, prodigious, profound, rapist, revenant, revolutionary,
     roc, salamander, satyr, savage, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer,
     sea horse, sea serpent, she-wolf, sight, siren, sizable, spacious,
     specter, spitfire, stupendous, succubus, teratism, termagant,
     terror, terrorist, tiger, tigress, titanic, tough, tough guy,
     towering, tremendous, troll, ugly customer, ugly duckling, unicorn,
     vampire, vast, violent, virago, vixen, voluminous, weighty,
     werewolf, whale, wild beast, windigo, witch, wolf, xiphopagus,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MONSTER, physiology, persons. An animal which has a conformation contrary to 
  the order of nature. Dunglison's Human Physiol. vol. 2, p. 422. 
       2. A monster, although born of a woman in lawful wedlock, cannot 
  inherit. Those who have however the essential parts of the human form and 
  have merely some defect of coformation, are capable of inheriting, if 
  otherwise qualified. 2 Bl. Com. 246; 1 Beck's Med. Jurisp. 366; Co. Litt. 7, 
  8; Dig. lib. 1, t. 5, l. 14; 1 Swift's Syst. 331 Fred. Code, Pt. 1, b. 1, t. 
  4, s. 4. 
       3. No living human birth, however much it may differ from human shape, 
  can be lawfully destroyed. Traill. Med. Jur. 47, see Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere 
  part. c. 6, art. 2, Sec. 3; 1 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 402-405. 

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