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1. an imaginary beast, such as a centaur, usually made up of various animal or human parts
2. a person, animal, or plant with a marked structural deformity
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What does it mean when you dream about a monster?

Dreams of monsters are usually caused by repressed emotions and fears. Some ugly and scary aspect of the dreamer’s personality may be reflected in, or confronted during, interaction with the monster.

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A congenitally malformed fetus which is incapable of properly performing the vital functions, or which exhibits marked structural differences from the normal.
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Dreaming about monsters and demons is very common. They may represent negative forces inside of yourself and in your life. Most of the monsters are representing your own negative characteristics and tendencies. The monster in your dreams could be your fear, bad temper, negativity, smoking habit, or anything else that is hurtful and needs to be changed. The way that you deal with the monster in your dream is generally symbolic of the way you are dealing with the corresponding negativity in your daily life. If you wake up from this dream and are very frightened, just remember that your mind created those images and that their purpose is to teach you something about yourself.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
'I always thought they were fabulous monsters!' said the Unicorn.
'Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too!
The monster overtook him and the Marionette found himself in between the rows of gleaming white teeth.
At first he could not understand where that wind was coming from, but after a while he understood that it came from the lungs of the monster. I forgot to tell you that the Shark was suffering from asthma, so that whenever he breathed a storm seemed to blow.
"If you are not a fish, why did you let this monster swallow you?"
A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: "I, the state, am the people."
From this moment all unlucky casualties which could not be otherwise accounted for were put down to the monster.
Now, it was the "monster" who, justly or unjustly, was accused of their disappearance, and, thanks to it, communication between the different continents became more and more dangerous.
The "little monster" we should find it difficult ourselves to describe him otherwise, was, in fact, not a new-born child.
The combat gameplay is tactical turn-based, and no one monster is stronger than the other.
The secret scientific agency Monarch is once again attempting to quell the monster threat in this film, and not doing a particularly great job of it.
Since then, Godzilla has appeared in over 30 Japanese films and his name has become synonymous with monster as well as a symbol of Japan.