Monotony meaning

mə-nŏtn-ē
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Monotony is defined as boring sameness or a lack of variety and interest.

When you do the exact same boring tasks at your job every single day, this is an example of monotony.

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Tiresome sameness or uniformity.
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Lack of variation or variety.
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Tedium as a result of repetition or a lack of variety.
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(mathematics) The property of a monotonic function.
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Tedious sameness or repetitiousness.

The monotony of daily routine.

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The quality of having an unvarying tone or pitch.
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Uniformity or lack of variation in pitch, intonation, or inflection.
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Sameness of tone or pitch, or continuance of the same tone without variation.
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Origin of monotony

  • Greek monotoniā from monotonos monotonous monotonous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the post-Classical Latin monotonia and its etymon the Ancient Greek μονοτονία (monotonia, “sameness of tone", “monotony"); compare the French monotonie and the Italian monotonia, as well as the later English monotone.

    From Wiktionary