Definition of Frankenstein

1. Noun. An agency that escapes control and destroys its creator.

Generic synonyms: Agency



2. Noun. The monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation).

3. Noun. The fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses.

Definition of Frankenstein

1. Proper noun. A novel by Mary Shelley. ¹

2. Proper noun. The creator of Frankenstein's monster in Mary Shelley's novel ''Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus''. ¹

3. Proper noun. Frankenstein's monster itself. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Frankenstein (current term)
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Frankenstein's monsters
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Literary usage of Frankenstein

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Quarterly Review by Robert Walsh (1837)
"By the author of " Frankenstein." New York: Harper & Brothers, 1837. ... It can be praised only by comparison ; and this as contrasted with "Frankenstein. ..."

2. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A History, Critical and Biographical, of by Robert Chambers (1844)
"Frankenstein retires and begins the hideous task, and while engaged in it during the ... He murders the friend of Frankenstein, strangles his bride on her ..."

3. The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, Now First Brought by Robert Browning, W. Tyas Harden, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Harry Buxton Forman, William Groser (1880)
"J. [These remarks on Mrs. Shelley's Novel Frankenstein appeared in Thr ... The first »** edition of Frankenstein is dated 1818; but of course Shelley had ..."

4. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1818)
"This chase leads Frankenstein through Germany and France, to England, Scotland, and Ireland, in which latter country, he is taken up by a constable called ..."

5. Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature: A History, Critical and by Robert Chambers (1876)
"The most memorable result, indeed, of their storytelling compact was Mrs Shelley's wild and powerful romance oí Frankenstein—one of those original ..."

6. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1831)
"Shelley's singular story of Frankenstein, will never be forgotten by any person who has once perused it. Though a composition in every way, sui generis, ..."

7. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"This is probably the piece called ' Frankenstein' which was produced at the Park ... In this piece the Montier whom Frankenstein has manufactured kills the ..."

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