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Guignol2

noun

an entertainment with sensational or horrifying dramatic intent; also called Grand Guignol

Word Origin

French 'punch'; Grand Guignol 'Great Punch' was Paris theater

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  • Where there is no guignol, there is a swing, or there are donkeys to ride or goat carts.

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  • There is another battle, and guignol vanquishes the alligator.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • You must not mind if they throw you aside and clap for guignol.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • Jeanne had told her that it would be impossible to go to the guignol or play.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • And while she watched the guignol, her playing was always splendid.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • They took a break after an hour, and Sammy found himself in a corner with guignol.

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  • guignol cut his eyes over to Hackelberg and Sammy nodded, imperceptibly.

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  • guignol moved among the committee, talking to a few members.

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  • It was a short ride to the casting office building, where guignol had his office.

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  • guignol met them at the door and took the materials from Luis, then ushered Sammy in.

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