AskDefine | Define monotony

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1 the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety; "he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work"; "he hated the sameness of the food the college served" [syn: sameness]
2 constancy of tone or pitch or inflection

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  1. tedium as a result of repetition or a lack of variety
  2. the property of a monotonic function

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Monotone refers to a sound, for example speech or music, that has a single unvaried tone.
Monotone or monotonicity may also refer to:
monotony in German: Monotonie
monotony in French: Monotonie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

AF, alliteration, assonance, audio frequency, boredom, broken record, ceaselessness, chime, clockwork regularity, consecutiveness, constancy, constant flow, continualness, continuity, continuousness, daily round, dingdong, drone, dryness, endlessness, ennui, equilibrium, even pace, even tenor, featurelessness, flatness, frequency, fullness, fundamental, fundamental tone, gaplessness, harmonic, harping, humdrum, incessancy, intonation, invariability, irk, irksomeness, jingle, jingle-jangle, jointlessness, monologue, monotone, monotonousness, near rhyme, orderliness, overtone, partial, partial tone, pitch, pitter-patter, plenitude, regularity, repeated sounds, repetitiousness, repetitiveness, rhyme, sameliness, sameness, seamlessness, singsong, slant rhyme, smoothness, stability, stale repetition, steadiness, steady state, successiveness, tedium, the beaten track, the daily round, the round, the squirrel cage, the treadmill, the weary round, tone, tonelessness, treadmill, trot, unbrokenness, undeviation, undifferentiation, uniformity, unintermittedness, uninterruptedness, uninterruption, unnecessary repetition, unrelievedness, unvariation, wearisome sameness
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