Origin of grotesque
Examples from the Web for grotesque
Grotesque profiteering aside, life release ceremonies can devastate the eco-system.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why is the sight—or mere thought—of other adults having sex thought of as grotesque, bad, or forbidden in the year 2014?Porn Stars Are People Too, Dammit: Lisa Ann’s Notre Dame Date and the Trolling of David Gregory|Aurora Snow|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At least Jake Gyllenhaal shaved off his grotesque face scarf this year.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point|Tim Teeman|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The runoff has turned into a macabre political sideshow filled with grotesque attacks and ugly accusations.
We look back for the pretty or grotesque pictures, and shake our heads at the circus.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession|Tim Teeman|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The world of the poets dream includes the twoa Titania, and a Bottom the weaverand can bring them into grotesque conjunction.Folk-lore of Shakespeare|Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
His first action seems to me grotesque—and grotesquely pathetic.The Sea Lady|Herbert George Wells
The house, adorned with grotesque faces, bears its date, 1621.The Wye and Its Associations|Leitch Ritchie
Moccasins worked into grotesque designs with beads and porcupine quills covered his feet.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches|Edwin Eastman
"What a hideous exhibition," I said, distinctly addressing a grotesque porcelain Buddha on the mantelpiece.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
Word Origin for grotesque
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.