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Monotonous vs Tedious - What's the difference?


As adjectives the difference between monotonous and tedious

is that monotonous is having an unvarying tone or pitch while tedious is boring, monotonous, time consuming, wearisome.





  • having an unvarying tone or pitch
  • tedious, repetitious or lacking in variety
  • Synonyms

    * monotonic * samely



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


  • Boring, monotonous, time consuming, wearisome.
  • * {{quote-book
  • |year= |author=Arthur Schopenhauer |title=The Art of Literature |chapter=2 |url= |passage=A work is objectively tedious' when it contains the defect in question; that is to say, when its author has no perfectly clear thought or knowledge to communicate. For if a man has any clear thought or knowledge in him, his aim will be to communicate it, and he will direct his energies to this end; so that the ideas he furnishes are everywhere clearly expressed. The result is that he is neither diffuse, nor unmeaning, nor confused, and consequently not ' tedious .}}
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  • |year= |author=Arthur Schopenhauer |title=The Art of Literature |chapter=2 |url= |passage=The other kind of tediousness is only relative: a reader may find a work dull because he has no interest in the question treated of in it, and this means that his intellect is restricted. The best work may, therefore, be tedious' subjectively, ' tedious .}}


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    Derived terms

    * tediously * tediousness


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