Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An agency or creation that slips from the control of and ultimately destroys its creator: "How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?” ( Milton Friedman).
  • n. A monster having the appearance of a man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A novel by Mary Shelley.
  • proper n. The creator of Frankenstein's monster in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.
  • proper n. Frankenstein's monster itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses
  • n. 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)
  • n. an agency that escapes control and destroys its creator

Etymologies

From Frankenstein, the creator of the artificial monster in Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The older sister teases the younger, who becomes convinced that the monster in Frankenstein is a living spirit who can be contacted at night.

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  • Culture often lends itself to misinterpretations, one of the more egregious examples in both literature and cinema being the association of the title Frankenstein not to the scientist from whom the name is drawn, but instead to the monster he creates.

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  • Animation in Frankenstein is everywhere, suggestive of a textual effect rather than of a single accomplishment of a mad scientist: Elizabeth is "lively and animated" (19); Victor is "animated" while animating his creature (30); the creature periodically receives supplemental

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  • By now, the name Frankenstein represents, in the popular imagination, an instantly recognizable myth.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • The word "Frankenstein" often conjures up images of a block-headed monster brought to life by a mad scientist.

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  • Of the two romances which she produced during this period, "Frankenstein" is deservedly by far the more famous.

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  • The standard male quest, taken to a revealing extreme in Frankenstein, is to contain and distance that amorphous feminine Real by fabricating rationalized constructs and symbols that seem to contain it, or even transcend it, by way of distinctly male frames of reference (such as his male "demonstration" of fabricated life) through which we glimpse the deep and primordial Feminine only "through

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  • Even their crazy little teabagger Frankenstein is turning on them.

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  • To the creature, Victor Frankenstein is the ever-sought father and the hated tormentor.

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  • Frankenstein is memorable not only for its principal character but for being thought-provoking in a way that still remains relevant today.

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