monumentalism


monumentalism

adjective

  1. resembling a monument; massive or imposing.
  2. exceptionally great, as in quantity, quality, extent, or degree: a monumental work.
  3. of historical or enduring significance: a monumental victory.
  4. Fine Arts. having the quality of being larger than life; of heroic scale.
  5. of or relating to a monument or monuments.
  6. serving as a monument.

adjective

  1. like a monument, esp in large size, endurance, or importancea monumental work of art
  2. of, relating to, or being a monument
  3. informal (intensifier)monumental stupidity

adj.c.1600, “pertaining to a monument,” from Late Latin monumentalis “pertaining to a monument,” from monumentum (see monument). From 1650s in the loose sense of “vast, stupendous.” Related: Monumentally.

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