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A keyword action is a word or words, usually, a verb, that substitutes for a piece of rules text.[1][2] Many keywords are summarized in reminder text, especially in core sets.

Keyword actions are somewhat different from keyword abilities, and both are distinct from ability words. Collectively, they are described as mechanics.

Monstrosity is notable because it is the only keyword action that is not a verb.

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From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

Keyword Action
A verb, such as “destroy” or “cast,” used as a game term rather than as its normal English meaning. See rule 701, “Keyword Actions.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

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  1. Aaron Forsythe (May 18, 2007). "Scry and Keyword Actions". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (January 10, 2022). "Even More Words From R&D". Wizards of the Coast.