monotony, monotonous

monotony, monotonous
   Monotony is the state or quality of unpleasantly lacking variety. Also see homogeneity, interesting, obsession, pattern, and unity.

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  • monotonous — (adj.) 1750, of sound, from Gk. monotonos of one tone (see MONOTONY (Cf. monotony)). Transferred and figurative use, lacking in variety, uninteresting, is from 1783. Related: Monotonously …   Etymology dictionary

  • monotony — (n.) 1706, originally in transferred sense of wearisome, tiresome, from Fr. monotonie (1670s), from Gk. monotonia sameness of tone, monotony, from monotonos monotonous, of one tone, from monos single, alone (see MONO (Cf. mono )) + tonos tone… …   Etymology dictionary

  • monotony — monotonous ► ADJECTIVE 1) tedious because repetitious. 2) without variation of tone or pitch. DERIVATIVES monotonously adverb monotony noun …   English terms dictionary

  • monotony — [mə nät′ n ē] n. [Fr monotonie < Gr monotonia: see MONOTONOUS] 1. sameness of tone or pitch, or continuance of the same tone without variation 2. lack of variation or variety 3. tiresome sameness or uniformity …   English World dictionary

  • Monotonous — Mo*not o*nous, a. [Gr. ?; mo nos alone, single + ? tone. See {Tone}.] Uttered in one unvarying tone; continued with dull uniformity; characterized by monotony; without change or variety; wearisome. {Mo*not o*nous*ly}, adv. {Mo*not o*nous*ness}, n …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monotonous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tedious because repetitious. 2) without variation of tone or pitch. DERIVATIVES monotonously adverb monotony noun …   English terms dictionary

  • monotony — /meuh not n ee/, n. 1. wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery. 2. the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone. 3. sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking. [1700 10; < LGk monotonía, equiv. to monóton(os)… …   Universalium

  • monotonous — adjective /məˈnɑtn̩əs/ a) having an unvarying tone or pitch b) tedious, repetitious or lacking in variety Syn: monotonic See Also: monotone …   Wiktionary

  • monotony — noun the quality of being monotonous; tedious lack of variety …   English new terms dictionary

  • monotony — mo•not•o•ny [[t]məˈnɒt n i[/t]] n. 1) wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in action or aspect 2) sameness of tone or pitch, as in speaking • Etymology: 1700–10; < LGk, der. of monotonía=monóton(os) monotonous+ ia y III …   From formal English to slang

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