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Grand Guignol

[French grahn gee-nyawl] /French grɑ̃ giˈnyɔl/
a short drama stressing horror and sensationalism.
of, relating to, or resembling such a drama.
Origin of Grand Guignol
1905-10; after Le Grand Guignol, small theater in Paris where such dramas were performed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As the writer of the article pointed out, the play was a Grand Guignol piece produced away from its proper environment.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • Your Parisian hoaxer likes a dash of Grand Guignol horrors in his jokelet.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
British Dictionary definitions for Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol

/ɡrɑ̃ ɡiɲɔl/
  1. a brief sensational play intended to horrify
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or like plays of this kind
Word Origin
C20: after Le Grand Guignol, a small theatre in Montmartre, Paris
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Contemporary definitions for Grand Guignol

See Guignol's 21st Century Lexicon
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