Meaning of Frankenstein in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfraŋk(ə)nstʌɪn/

proper noun

  • A character in the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein is a scientist who creates and brings to life a manlike monster which eventually turns on him and destroys him; Frankenstein is not the name of the monster itself, as is often assumed.


(also Frankenstein)
  • A thing that becomes terrifying or destructive to its maker.

    ‘No matter how tight the American grip on this trial, there's a risk that it will turn into a Frankenstein's monster.’
    • ‘It is a monstrosity reminiscent of Blair's Dome and Frankenstein's monster.’
    • ‘People hate to admit it, but the City created most of these corporate Frankensteins.’
    • ‘They were her Frankensteins, and they let her leave with a tiny modicum of dignity.’
    • ‘I think the mixture of big money and bigotry has to be guarded against and fought because now it has become a sort of Frankenstein's monster.’
    • ‘But the demand for immediate profit by investors and rampant political corruption guaranteed that it would be a Frankenstein's monster from the outset.’
    • ‘It may be tempting to respond to scaremongering stories, about scientists playing God and creating Frankenstein's monster and so on, by hyping the possibilities of science and making promises of miracle cures.’
    • ‘Which brings me back to my original point, that the liberal media has, in a sense, become almost a Frankenstein's monster to the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘So the activists' nightmare of massive biotech monopolies dominating the globe is to an extent a Frankenstein's monster of their own creation.’
    • ‘Obviously, if they're not sufficiently sensitive, yes, you could create a Frankenstein's monster.’
    • ‘They may live to regret the manufacturing of a Frankenstein's monster that is fast outgrowing its creator's expectations.’
    • ‘Research which is quickly developing into an ungainly Frankenstein's monster beyond my control.’
    • ‘In 1818 Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, a warning that we would be destroyed by our own technological hubris.’
    • ‘It has been assumed that she constructed the novel in the same way as Frankenstein constructed his monster, with bits culled from many sources.’
    • ‘It looks like this government has begun to realise that it is - like Frankenstein - threatened by its own creation.’
    • ‘Its critics hypothesize a sadistic world of human crop, engineered super-armies, and Frankenstein's monsters.’
    • ‘For example, you can explore the novel Frankenstein, its author Mary Shelley, and the scientific discoveries that inspired Shelley to write her popular tale.’
    • ‘The U.S. has a history of cultivating people who become Frankenstein's monsters.’
    • ‘According to environmental activists worldwide, including a growing community of environmentally aware American consumers, giant biotechnology companies are releasing an increasing number of Frankenstein's monsters into the world food supply.’