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gro·tesque

 (grō-tĕsk′)
adj.
1. Characterized by ludicrous, repulsive, or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner. See Synonyms at ugly.
2. Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance. See Synonyms at fantastic.
3. Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.
n.
1. One that is grotesque.
2.
a. A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations.
b. A work of art executed in this style.

[From French, a fanciful style of decorative art, from Italian grottesca, from feminine of grottesco, of a grotto, from grotta, grotto; see grotto.]

gro·tesque′ly adv.
gro·tesque′ness n.

grotesque

(ɡrəʊˈtɛsk)
adj
1. strangely or fantastically distorted; bizarre: a grotesque reflection in the mirror.
2. (Art Terms) of or characteristic of the grotesque in art
3. absurdly incongruous; in a ludicrous context: a grotesque turn of phrase.
n
4. (Art Terms) a 16th-century decorative style in which parts of human, animal, and plant forms are distorted and mixed
5. (Art Terms) a decorative device, as in painting or sculpture, in this style
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the family of 19th-century sans serif display types
7. any grotesque person or thing
[C16: from French, from Old Italian (pittura) grottesca cave painting, from grottesco of a cave, from grotta cave; see grotto]
groˈtesquely adv
groˈtesqueness n

gro•tesque

(groʊˈtɛsk)

adj.
1. odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.
2. fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc.
n.
3. a grotesque object, design, person, or thing.
[1555–65; < French < Italian grottesco (as n., grottesca grotesque decoration such as was appar. found in excavated dwellings), derivative of grotta. See grotto, -esque]
gro•tesque′ly, adv.
gro•tesque′ness, n.
syn: See fantastic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grotesque - art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plantsgrotesque - art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
art, fine art - the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art"
Adj.1.grotesque - distorted and unnatural in shape or sizegrotesque - distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous; "tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas"; "twisted into monstrous shapes"
ugly - displeasing to the senses; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"
2.grotesque - ludicrously oddgrotesque - ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"

grotesque

adjective
1. unnatural, bizarre, weird, odd, strange, fantastic, distorted, fanciful, deformed, outlandish, whimsical, freakish, misshapen, malformed statues of grotesque mythical creatures
unnatural natural, normal
2. absurd, ridiculous, ludicrous, preposterous, incongruous the grotesque disparities between the rich and the poor
absurd natural, normal

grotesque

adjective
1. Resembling a freak:
2. Conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense:
Translations
غَريب الشَّكْل
groteskní
grotesk
groteski
groteszk
furîulegur, fáránlegur, kynlegur
groteskiškai
grotesks

grotesque

[grəʊˈtesk]
A. ADJ
1. (= hideous) [appearance, idea, sight, spectacle] → grotesco; [allegation, proposal] → absurdo
2. (Art) → grotesco
B. Ngrotesco m

grotesque

[grəʊˈtɛsk] adj
[idea, behaviour] → grotesque
(= ugly) → grotesque

grotesque

adj
(= outlandish, ridiculous) sight, spectacle, shapegrotesk; idea, proposal, allegationabsurd
(= distorted) grimaceverzerrt; the body was in a grotesque positionder Körper lag völlig verzerrt da; he was rather grotesque to look atseine Erscheinung wirkte grotesk
(Art) → grotesk
n
(Art) the grotesquedie Groteske
(Typ) → Grotesk f

grotesque

[grəʊˈtɛsk] adjgrottesco/a

grotesque

(grəˈtesk) adjective
very strange-looking. a grotesque figure.
groˈtesquely adverb
References in classic literature ?
In the end he wrote a book which he called "The Book of the Grotesque.
In the finale she fell into some of those grotesque attitudes which were at the time popular among the dancers in the theatres up-town, giving to the Bowery public the phantasies of the aristocratic theatre-going public, at reduced rates.
They became fond of arraying themselves in any article of civilized dress which they could procure, and often made a most grotesque appearance.
It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.
As we came still nearer, this individual began to run to and fro on the beach, making the most grotesque movements.
At the corner of the bridge, too, I saw one of the common contrasts of that grotesque time--a sheet of paper flaunting against a thicket of the red weed, transfixed by a stick that kept it in place.
It was a most grotesque and horrid tableau and I hastened out into the fresh air; glad to escape from so gruesome a place.
The precedent once established, all must perish by its edict--even those which may not be grotesque or bestial--even this perfect one," and he touched again the vat, "and thus you would rid yourself of rival suitors.
It was not only that they were ill-drawn, or that the colour was put on amateurishly by someone who had no eye for it; but there was no attempt at getting the values, and the perspective was grotesque.
It is true that they were a half-naked, wild-appearing aggregation; but they at least were fashioned along the same lines as ourselves--there was nothing grotesque or horrible about them as about the other creatures in this strange, weird world.
Edna began to feel like one who awakens gradually out of a dream, a delicious, grotesque, impossible dream, to feel again the realities pressing into her soul.
Moreover, it was not till late that the short plot was discarded for one of greater compass, and the grotesque diction of the earlier satyric form for the stately manner of Tragedy.