noun gro·tesque \grō-ˈtesk\

Definition of GROTESQUE

a :  a style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness, or caricature
b :  a piece of work in this style
:  one that is grotesque

Examples of GROTESQUE

  1. <a gallery of grotesques from some sicko horror movie>


Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French, from Old Italian (pittura) grottesca, literally, cave painting, feminine of grottesco of a cave, from grotta
First Known Use: 1561

Rhymes with GROTESQUE



: very strange or ugly in a way that is not normal or natural

: extremely different from what is expected or usual

Full Definition of GROTESQUE

:  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the grotesque: as
a :  fanciful, bizarre
b :  absurdly incongruous
c :  departing markedly from the natural, the expected, or the typical
gro·tesque·ly adverb
gro·tesque·ness noun

Examples of GROTESQUE

  1. The actors wore dark capes and grotesque masks.
  2. a grotesque distortion of the facts

First Known Use of GROTESQUE



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