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grotesquery

or grotesquerie

[groh-tes-kuh-ree] /groʊˈtɛs kə ri/
noun, plural grotesqueries.
1.
grotesque character.
2.
something grotesque.
3.
grotesque ornamental work.
Origin of grotesquery
1555-1565
From the French word grotesquerie, dating back to 1555-65. See grotesque, -ery
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Examples from the Web for grotesquery
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  • Savage philosophy mingles them together in one phantasmagoria of grotesquery and horror.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Once more the grim humor of the situation, the grotesquery of it, became apparent to Trent.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
British Dictionary definitions for grotesquery

grotesquery

/ɡrəʊˈtɛskərɪ/
noun (pl) -queries
1.
the state of being grotesque
2.
something that is grotesque, esp an object such as a sculpture
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