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Alien vs. Monster: Know the Difference

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Alien is an outsider or foreigner; can also mean extraterrestrial. Monster is a frightening or evil creature, often mythical or fictional.
Alien vs. Monster

Key Differences

Alien term primarily refers to a foreigner or someone from another country, often highlighting the aspect of being an outsider or unfamiliar. In science fiction, it also denotes beings from other planets. Contrarily, 'Monster' typically refers to a mythical or fictional creature that is often large, scary, and evil. It's rooted in folklore and horror genres.
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In cultural contexts, 'Alien' can denote something unfamiliar or strange, evoking a sense of otherness or difference from the norm. Monsters are often used symbolically to represent fear, evil, or the unknown. They are prevalent in myths, legends, and horror stories.
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Alien word can also have a neutral or non-threatening connotation, simply indicating something foreign or from another place, like 'alien species'. In contrast, 'Monster' almost always carries a negative connotation, associated with terror, abnormality, and danger.
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In legal terms, 'Alien' is used to describe a non-citizen resident of a country, highlighting the legal aspect of foreignness. There's no legal use for 'Monster'; it remains firmly in the realm of fiction, folklore, and metaphor.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Foreigner or extraterrestrial
Mythical or evil creature
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Connotation

Otherness, strangeness
Fear, evil
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Cultural Usage

Science fiction, legal
Folklore, horror
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Symbolism

Difference, unfamiliarity
Terror, danger
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Emotional Response

Curiosity, apprehension
Fear, horror
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Alien and Monster Definitions

Alien

Foreigner
An alien living in a new country.
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Monster

Scary Creature
Children often imagine a monster under the bed.
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Alien

Unfamiliar
The alien customs were fascinating to observe.
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Monster

Mythical Being
Legends speak of a sea monster in the lake.
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Alien

Extraterrestrial
The movie depicted an alien from Mars.
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Monster

Symbol of Evil
In the story, the monster represented greed.
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Alien

Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign
Alien residents.
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Monster

Villainous Person
He was considered a monster for his actions.
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Alien

Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange.
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Monster

An imaginary or legendary creature, such as a centaur or Harpy, that combines parts from various animal or human forms.
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Alien

Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature
Emotions alien to her temperament.
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Monster

A creature having a strange or frightening appearance.
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Alien

An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
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Monster

(Archaic) An organism that has structural defects or deformities.
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Alien

A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
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Monster

(Informal) A very large animal, plant, or object.
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Alien

A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.
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Monster

One who inspires horror or disgust
A monster of selfishness.
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Alien

A creature from outer space
Science fiction about an invasion of aliens.
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Monster

(Informal) Extremely large; monstrous
A monster hit at the box office.
Ate a monster steak.
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Alien

(Ecology) An organism, especially a plant or animal, that occurs in or is naturalized in a region to which it is not native.
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Monster

A terrifying and dangerous creature. Category:en:Horror
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Alien

To transfer (property) to another; alienate.
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Monster

A bizarre or whimsical creature.
The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.
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Alien

A person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
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Monster

A cruel, heartless, or antisocial person, especially a criminal.
Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!
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Alien

A person in a country not their own.
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Monster

A severely deformed person.
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Alien

Any life form of extraterrestrial or extradimensional origin.
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Monster

(figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat.
Sit still, you little monster!
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Alien

One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged.
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Monster

(informal) Something unusually large.
Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters.
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Alien

Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign.
Alien subjects, enemies, property, or shores
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Monster

(informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.
That dude playing guitar is a monster.
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Alien

Very unfamiliar, strange, or removed.
Principles alien to our religion
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Monster

(gaming) A non-player character that player(s) fight against in role-playing games.
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Alien

Pertaining to extraterrestrial life; typical of an extraterrestrial creature.
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Monster

(informal) Very large; worthy of a monster.
He has a monster appetite.
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Alien

(transitive) To estrange; to alienate.
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Monster

(informal) Great; very good; excellent.
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Alien

(law) To transfer the ownership of something.
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Monster

(transitive) To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise.
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Alien

Not belonging to the same country, land, or government, or to the citizens or subjects thereof; foreign; as, alien subjects, enemies, property, shores.
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Monster

(intransitive) To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.
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Alien

Wholly different in nature; foreign; adverse; inconsistent (with); incongruous; - followed by from or sometimes by to; as, principles alien from our religion.
An alien sound of melancholy.
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Monster

To harass.
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Alien

A foreigner; one owing allegiance, or belonging, to another country; a foreign-born resident of a country in which he does not possess the privileges of a citizen. Hence, a stranger. See Alienage.
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Monster

To play (a series of) non-player characters as directed, without having the responsibility of organising the game itself; generally not limited to playing literal monsters or hostile combatants.
Are you monstering that event?
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Alien

One excluded from certain privileges; one alienated or estranged; as, aliens from God's mercies.
Aliens from the common wealth of Israel.
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Monster

Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel.
A monster or marvel.
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Alien

To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.
The prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of . . . the marriage.
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Monster

Specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
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Alien

A person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
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Monster

Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty.
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Alien

Anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
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Monster

Monstrous in size.
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Alien

A form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
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Monster

Enormous or very powerful.
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Alien

Transfer property or ownership;
The will aliened the property to the heirs
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Monster

To make monstrous.
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Alien

Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
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Monster

An imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
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Alien

Not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something;
An economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism
The mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper
Jealousy is foreign to her nature
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Monster

Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
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Alien

Being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world;
Alien customs
Exotic plants in a greenhouse
Exotic cuisine
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Monster

A person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
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Alien

Exotic Species
Invasive alien species can disrupt local ecosystems.
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Monster

A cruel wicked and inhuman person
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Alien

Outsider
As a newcomer, he felt like an alien in the city.
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Monster

(medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus
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Monster

Large and Frightening
The monster truck roared through the arena.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What does "alien" mean?

"Alien" primarily refers to a being from another planet or something foreign or different in nature.
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Does "alien" have a negative connotation?

Sometimes, especially when referring to foreign individuals, it can have a negative or unwelcoming tone.
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Can "alien" describe non-extraterrestrial things?

Yes, it can also describe something unfamiliar or strange, not necessarily from outer space.
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How is "alien" used in legal terms?

In legal context, "alien" denotes a foreign-born person who is not a citizen of the country they are in.
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Is "alien" a scientific term?

In the context of extraterrestrial life, it's more of a popular term than a strictly scientific one.
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Is "monster" always negative?

Mostly, but in some contexts, like children's stories or films, it can have a more neutral or even positive connotation.
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Can "alien" imply illegal status?

In immigration context, it might, but the term itself does not specifically imply legality.
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Is "alien" used as a noun and an adjective?

Yes, it serves as both; as a noun (a foreign being), and as an adjective (alien culture).
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Are there synonyms for "alien" in the extraterrestrial sense?

Yes, like "extraterrestrial" or "space being."
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What is an example of "alien" in a sentence?

"The movie depicted an alien civilization advanced beyond our understanding."
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Can "monster" have a figurative meaning?

Absolutely, it can describe an inanimate object that is exceptionally large or powerful (e.g., "a monster truck").
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What's an example of "monster" in a sentence?

"The children were frightened by stories of a monster lurking in the woods."
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Does "monster" come from a specific language?

It originates from Latin, where "monstrum" meant an omen or a supernatural being.
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Can "monster" be playful or affectionate?

Yes, sometimes it's used affectionately, especially when referring to mischievous children or large pets.
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Can "monster" describe a person?

Yes, it can describe someone who is extremely cruel or wicked.
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Is "alien" ever used in a positive sense?

Yes, when referring to novel or exciting experiences or entities (e.g., "alien beauty").
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Are there synonyms for "monster"?

Yes, such as "beast," "creature," or "fiend."
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What does "monster" mean?

"Monster" refers to a mythical or legendary creature that is often large, frightening, and typically hostile.
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Is "monster" used in any specific fields?

It's widely used in literature, mythology, and cinema to describe fantastical creatures.
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Is "monster" linked to horror genres?

Yes, it is often associated with horror stories and movies, symbolizing fear and the unknown.
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