or gro·tes·quer·ie

[ groh-tes-kuh-ree ]

noun,plural gro·tes·quer·ies.
  1. grotesque character.

  2. something grotesque.

  1. grotesque ornamental work.

Origin of grotesquery

From the French word grotesquerie, dating back to 1555–65. See grotesque, -ery

Words Nearby grotesquery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grotesquery in a sentence

  • 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
  • In the fleeting glimpse he caught of it, Smoke wondered if he had ever seen a Dore grotesquery to compare.

    Smoke Bellew | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for grotesquery



/ (ɡrəʊˈtɛskərɪ) /

nounplural -queries
  1. the state of being grotesque

  2. something that is grotesque, esp an object such as a sculpture

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