Definition of Frankenstein noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Frankenstein

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BrE BrE//ˈfræŋkənstaɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræŋkənstaɪn//
 
(also Frankenstein’s monster, Frankenstein monster)
 
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used to talk about something that somebody creates or invents that goes out of control and becomes dangerous, often destroying the person who created it The organization has now become a Frankenstein monster beyond the control of the people who created it. If you were going to do a Frankenstein and put a swimmer together from scratch, you would build Michael Phelps. Can genetic engineering shake off its Frankenstein image? More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in which a scientist called Frankenstein makes a creature from pieces of dead bodies and brings it to life.
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