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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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(ɡrəʊˈtɛskərɪ) or


n, pl -queries
1. the state of being grotesque
2. (Art Terms) something that is grotesque, esp an object such as a sculpture
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or gro•tes•quer•ie

(groʊˈtɛs kə ri)

n., pl. -quer•ies.
1. grotesque character.
2. something grotesque.
[1555–65; < French]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grotesquery - ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
ugliness - qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
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He holds a revolver the size of his head his hand is shaking like the tail of a copperhead colt slivering inside his body waiting to rattle like the Holy Spirit out of his head waiting to get out so it won't come around to visit him again and now every time I fall asleep I dream it's me but instead of being a politician I'm a teacher instead of being the Treasurer of Pennsylvania I'm a poet How Quesada combines the flat grotesquery of a filmed suicide with a copperhead colt and the Holy Spirit rattling.
Also competent is Strike, an English actor in his 20s, intriguing enough as a handsome and noble simpleton who transforms into the scarred and extremely violent grotesquery.
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Stylistically, Trosch's paintings of the 1990s seem a mash-up of irreconcilables: Although the subject matter and bright discordant palette really do owe something to Stettheimer's, the paintings' facture and persistent, gleeful grotesquery owe more to Philip Guston and even to Jean Dubuffet; Trosch's people, like Guston's, have a way of turning into cyclopean monsters.
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The trailer is a weeklong tick-tock of the terrors that befall Julia after she watches the video: The eerie phone call from Samara kicks off a week of grotesquery, including peeling flesh, coughing up a rope of hair, falling power lines and an unfortunate in-flight movie that sends Holt's aeroplane and its passengers into a fatal flight path.
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(2) Caricature, as a tradition, belongs to the cross-writing iconography of grotesquery.
(34.) Read as a grotesquery, into which parody reels off, even Plyushkin turns into a dynamic character, enlivening the novel's deadliest spot.
The Springfield event is attempting to separate itself from the pack, said co- organizer Joshua Carlton of Eugene, with a high level of aesthetics and a minimum level of grotesquery.
The work is characterised by disparities of scale, some unpleasant surfaces, a gender or sexual subtext and a lineage traceable to Gothic grotesquery, Greek mythology or the original gruesome versions of the Grimms' fairy tales.