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or gro·tes·que·ry  (grō-tĕs′kə-rē)
n. pl. gro·tes·que·ries
1. The state of being grotesque; grotesqueness: "A jumble of stuffed animals were packed in the bed around her ... and their innocent shapes crowded around her head in sweet, shadowed grotesquerie" (Donna Tarrt).
2. Something grotesque: "He put the catfish, the tadpoles, and a few other grotesqueries in his jar filled with swamp water, and then picked up all the other wriggling things and threw them back into the lake" (Rick Bass).
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Noun1.grotesquerie - ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
ugliness - qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
References in classic literature ?
If now, in addition to all these things, you have properly reflected upon the odd disorder of the chamber, we have gone so far as to combine the ideas of an agility astounding, a strength superhuman, a ferocity brutal, a butchery without motive, a grotesquerie in horror absolutely alien from humanity, and a voice foreign in tone to the ears of men of many nations, and devoid of all distinct or intelligible syllabification.
The plunge into this pit I had avoided by the merest of accidents, I knew that surprise, or entrapment into torment, formed an important portion of all the grotesquerie of these dungeon deaths.
Attachment parenting," this grotesquerie of twenty-first-century social display, is something more than a baroque curiosity.
Laying bare the distortions, liquidity, and engrossing grotesquerie of subjective perception, she depicted the somatic sensation of being in a body: intense, trapped, confrontational, alien, fragmented, warped, and sensual.
Thanks to my mother's vigilant tales of grotesquerie, I find myself more than capable of recognizing a freak.
Slapstick and grotesquerie enliven proceedings, and baritone Leigh Melrose was the lively and sinister soloist, Knussen conducting this world premiere with his usual generosity to other composers.
Continuing the didactic nature of this little grotesquerie, Troggle insists that he just wants to eat vegetables.
Dealing with a question inherited from Ionesco, that of whether two people can live the same life in separate bodies, that novel deliberately (and experimentally) puts maximum strain on the methods of reportage and the grotesquerie of events of the early phase I've been talking about.
Prepare for more grotesquerie in the future--both obesity and hunger are poised to escalate.
This South African, Khoisan woman's body was placed on display in England and France, thus rendering her the motif of Black sexuality and ugliness or grotesquerie.
In these tales, Rippl sees various dichotomies (ideal-real, mind-body, natural-supernatural) that work their way through the respective narratives to reveal, at every turn, disturbing images of potential violence, terror, and grotesquerie aimed to shock and surprise the readers.
Many of the visual elements were already there in Guston's early mural period, as was the taste for grotesquerie, sadism and urban violence.