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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: monolithe, from Latin, from Greek, from mono- ( MONO-) + lithos 'stone'

monolith

noun
     
mon‧o‧lith [countable]
1PG a large, powerful organization that cannot change quickly and does not consider the ideas or feelings of the people it affects:
It is misleading to see the legal system as a monolith.
2RFAA a large tall block of stone, especially one that was put in place in ancient times, possibly for religious reasons
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