The incongruity then of the tradition disappears; its grotesqueness remains.
This man, in spite of his grotesqueness, was quite in earnest, there was no doubting that.
They dine, but they don't think of the dinner or the unpleasantness of the diners, and the grotesqueness of feeding in common.
Beneath Paragot's grotesqueness ran an unprecedented severity.
Even eccentricity and grotesqueness lose all that is repulsive in them when they are simply and vigorously set forth.
Could any caricature of mine exceed in grotesqueness your sketch of yourself?
On high, amid all this grotesqueness, sits the departed doge.
In the grotesqueness and wildness of this theory we detect a true idea.
The whole scene is eminently characteristic of the grotesqueness 431of Chinese taste.
Novelty or grotesqueness is their only aim, and they hit the bulls-eye every time.
c.1600s, originally a noun (1560s), from Middle French crotesque (16c., Modern French grotesque), from Italian grottesco, literally "of a cave," from grotta (see grotto). The usual explanation is that the word first was used of paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins (Italian pittura grottesca), which OED finds "intrinsically plausible." Originally "fanciful, fantastic," sense became pejorative after mid-18c. Related: Grotesquely; grotesqueness.