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" (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Literal sense of "sameness of tone or pitch" in English is from 1724.

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  • Monotony — Mo*not o*ny, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. monotonie. See {Monotonius}.] 1. A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as in speaking or singing. [1913 Webster] 2. Any irksome sameness, or want of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monotony — [n] boredom; sameness colorlessness, continuance, continuity, dreariness, dryness, dullness, ennui, equability, evenness, flatness, humdrum*, identicalness, invariability, levelness, likeness, monotone, monotonousness, oneness, repetitiousness,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • monotony — mo|not|o|ny [məˈnɔtəni US məˈna: ] n [U] the quality of being always the same, which makes something boring, especially someone s life or work monotony of ▪ She wanted to escape the monotony of her everyday life. relieve/break the monotony ▪ He… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • monotony — [[t]mənɒ̱təni[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N of n The monotony of something is the fact that it never changes and is boring. A night on the town may help to break the monotony of the week. ...a life of secure monotony …   English dictionary

  • monotony — n. to break, relieve the monotony * * * [mə nɒt(ə)nɪ] relieve the monotony to break …   Combinatory dictionary

  • monotony — noun 1) the monotony of everyday life Syn: tedium, tediousness, lack of variety, dullness, boredom, repetitiveness, uniformity, routineness, wearisomeness, tiresomeness; lack of excitement, uneventfulness, dreariness, colorlessness,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • monotony — mo|not|o|ny [ mə nat(ə)ni ] noun uncount a bored feeling caused by the fact that nothing different ever happens: the monotony of life in a prison camp …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • monotony — UK [məˈnɒtənɪ] / US [məˈnɑt(ə)nɪ] noun [uncountable] a bored feeling caused by the fact that nothing different ever happens the monotony of life in a prison camp …   English dictionary

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