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/ groʊˈtɛsk /
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odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.
fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc.
any grotesque object, design, person, or thing.
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Origin of grotesque
synonym study for grotesque
1. See bizarre.
OTHER WORDS FROM grotesquegro·tesque·ly, adverbgro·tesque·ness, nounun·gro·tesque, adjective
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How to use grotesque in a sentence
He was at least sixty-five years of age, bent and stoop-shouldered, with features that were homely to the point of grotesqueness.They Looked and Loved|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
Colossal it certainly is, as Howells and Stedman agreed: colossal in its grotesqueness as in its sublimity.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
With a cry at the grotesqueness of the thing, he flung it from him, watching it go skipping over the polished floor.Murder in Any Degree|Owen Johnson
Indifferent to his grotesqueness, he took it off and put it on the ground beside him, standing ready to command attention.
For the grotesqueness and inconvenience of a wound are sometimes more swiftly felt than its pain.
British Dictionary definitions for grotesque
/ (ɡrəʊˈtɛsk) /
strangely or fantastically distorted; bizarrea grotesque reflection in the mirror
of or characteristic of the grotesque in art
absurdly incongruous; in a ludicrous contexta grotesque turn of phrase
a 16th-century decorative style in which parts of human, animal, and plant forms are distorted and mixed
a decorative device, as in painting or sculpture, in this style
printing the family of 19th-century sans serif display types
any grotesque person or thing
Derived forms of grotesquegrotesquely, adverbgrotesqueness, noun
Word Origin for grotesque
C16: from French, from Old Italian (pittura) grottesca cave painting, from grottesco of a cave, from grotta cave; see grotto
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