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The tax system is a monstrosity.
  hideous, frightful, or terrible — especially something large
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  • The tax system is a monstrosity.
  • He was not merely a big snake, I thought—he was a circus monstrosity.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Bella felt great sympathy for the sewing machine operator who’d had to concoct that monstrosity.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Even if she did find dress gloves and slippers that could hide her metal monstrosities, her mousy hair would never hold a curl, and she didn’t know the first thing about makeup.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • And what monstrosity ruled over it all.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "That sign’s a monstrosity.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • "Way we went into that area, built that monstrosity, didn’t tell anybody what it was.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Had he shopped long for such a monstrosity?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’d been a good sport throughout, as had she, powering through from open house to open house of gloomy pre-wars haunted by the ghosts of lonely old Jewish ladies, and icy glass monstrosities I knew I could never live in without feeling I had sniper rifles trained on me from across the street.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There are bustling streets, shops, cantina bars, houses, and courtyards, all of them pointed toward a shimmering monstrosity of diamondglass and marble.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen

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  • "Well, if you two are going to walk around holding hands," said Tootie, "I suppose I’ll have to be the one who carries this monstrosity of a lamp."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • She pointed to the cellophaned monstrosity on the counter.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Behold the firebreathing monstrosity!
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He saw for the first time his father’s house for the monstrosity, the affront, the monument to injustice, that it privately was to everyone else.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • This is not a pearl - it is a monstrosity.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Well, sir, you have in your establishment, or in your family, perhaps, one of the frightful monstrosities of which each century produces only one.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My mind wanders to the wolflike creatures in the first arena, the monkeys in the Quarter Quell, the monstrosities I’ve witnessed on television over the years, and I wonder what form these mutts will take.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Now then, go away and take your monstrosity with you," said the mother, pushing away her daughter with pretended sternness, and turning to the visitor she added: "She is my youngest girl."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • By his tone he seemed to be preparing to resent some new monstrosity in the way of dins and smashes.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I had a brief mental flash of Alice trying to persuade Esme to ignore classic proportions and allow this monstrosity.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I tried to explain that a person with a deviation — a small deviation, at any rate — wasn’t the monstrosity we had been told.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Just about everyone thought the chair was a monstrosity.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He was not merely a big snake, I thought—he was a circus monstrosity.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Roran yelled and jammed his heels against the sides of the window frame, struggling to free himself from the monstrosity, but the Ra’zac inexorably drew him out of the house.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Such a being is a metaphysical monstrosity, struggling to oppose, negate and contradict the fact of his own existence, running blindly amuck on a trail of destruction, capable of nothing but pain.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I observed that the outlines of these monstrosities were sufficiently distinct, but that the colors seemed faded and blurred, as if from the effects of a damp atmosphere.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • If a dread of not being understood be hidden in the breasts of other young people to anything like the extent to which it used to be hidden in mine,—which I consider probable, as I have no particular reason to suspect myself of having been a monstrosity,— it is the key to many reservations.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • All sorts of distress met in this procession as in chaos; here were to be found the facial angles of every sort of beast, old men, youths, bald heads, gray beards, cynical monstrosities, sour resignation, savage grins, CHAPTER VIII.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And no one could have helped hating such miserable monstrosities.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It is like strabismus, chloroform, lithotrity, a heap of monstrosities that the Government ought to prohibit.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It is a sad day for American civilization when a white man will try to stay the hand of justice from a bestial monstrosity who has ravished and struck down one of the finest and most delicate flowers of our womanhood.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • It’s John’s three-hundred-CD monstrosity of spinning shelves, a tower that the two roommates share, standing like a lighthouse above the mess.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Her monstrosities in the way of cattle would have taken prizes at an agricultural fair, and the perilous pitching of her vessels would have produced seasickness in the most nautical observer, if the utter disregard to all known rules of shipbuilding and rigging had not convulsed him with laughter at the first glance.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And no short story of a mother’ corpse and hotel rooms where children learn monstrosity can give me one.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • "She might have been eaten by savages, or a snapping turtle, or some other monstrosity on this island you’ve crashed us on!"
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • And I would fondle that hooked, askew, cartilaginous monstrosity, pretending great pain but proud as Punch of the thing simply because she had put her fingers on it.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • To be right and throw it away in order to please the predilections of his teachers, that would be the monstrosity!
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There was another story , only a rumor, surely, but strangely persistent , that within the caves which honeycombed the stone behind the idol’s jewelled forehead there lived a hive of giant albino bees, swarming protectively around their queen, a jellylike monstrosity of infinite poison . and infinite magic.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • "Who put this monstrosity out here?" he said, glancing at it.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I want sex that makes me feel right, not like some freak, some inbred monstrosity.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I was seated behind my mahogany monstrosity of a desk in my top-floor, corner office of an imposing building in the most prominent section of Boston.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • From the courthouse, I was taken directly to Pretoria Local, the gloomy red-brick monstrosity that I knew so well.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The population of the island, Montgomery informed me, now numbered rather more than sixty of these strange creations of Moreau’s art, not counting the smaller monstrosities which lived in the undergrowth and were without human form.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • It held even though the piano players went to music school and actually learned to read notes, even though new churches became glass and steel monstrosities that looked like they had just touched down from Venus.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Osmond had thought their alliance a kind of monstrosity; he couldn’t imagine what they had in common.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Thou hast made me as hateful, as ugly, as loathsome and deadly a creature as thyself—a world’s wonder of hideous monstrosity!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Mom opens the kitchen window to tell him to get that monstrosity away from her house before she calls a local Christian terrorist group, but Ellerby only smiles and says, "Hi, Mrs. Moby," and drops dramatically to his hands and knees to crawl safely to the kitchen door.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • He thought the rural Featherstones very simple absurd people, and they in their turn regarded his "bringing up" in a seaport town as an exaggeration of the monstrosity that their brother Peter, and still more Peter’s property, should have had such belongings.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Soiled waiters ran to and fro, swooping down like hawks on the unwary in the throng; clattering along the aisles with trays covered with glasses; stumbling over women’s skirts and charging two prices for everything but beer, all with a swiftness that blurred the view of the cocoanut palms and dusty monstrosities painted upon the walls of the room.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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