gro·​tes·​que·​rie | \ grō-ˈte-skə-rē How to pronounce grotesquerie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly grotesquery
plural grotesqueries

Definition of grotesquerie

1 : something that is grotesque
2 : the quality or state of being grotesque : grotesqueness

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Examples of grotesquerie in a Sentence

born Joseph Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man was for a time exhibited as a sideshow grotesquerie
Recent Examples on the Web The apparent grotesquerie — honoring the mother of the Saviour of the universe, the vessel of salvation, with muscular gyrations designed to capture the momentary interest of six-year-olds — is inexpressibly beautiful in the mind’s eye. William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, "Gratitude: What We Owe to Our Country," 26 Nov. 2020 The original series was a secret family phenomenon, moving the goalposts of Sunday night prime-time acceptability by domesticating horror-film grotesquerie for the mainstream audience. Darren Franich,, "The Walking Dead: World Beyond is already stumbling toward a quick conclusion: Review," 29 Sep. 2020 At first glance, armed right-wing militants dressed in floral shirts may seem like another baffling grotesquerie in the parade of calamities that is 2020. Dale Beran, The Atlantic, "The Boogaloo Tipping Point," 4 July 2020 The grotesquerie Houellebecq is famous for pervades Serotonin. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Houellebecqian Moment," 16 Nov. 2019 But just in case a reader still has the stomach for more grotesquerie by the time the main narrative is finished, there’s a 70-page appendix filled with truncated tales of lascivious behavior — bonus nuggets of lechery. Washington Post, "A thorough, revolting history of Trump’s behavior toward women," 23 Oct. 2019 The third season kitchen-sinked with luscious grotesquerie, clashing giallo horror into a Euro-trippy showdown. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 There’s the sour news, which is complicated by tangential sensations of grotesquerie and elegance, fury and poignance, and, perhaps, of philosophical insight. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of War in “Theater of Operations”," 25 Nov. 2019 The brilliant illustrator was famous for skewering the U.K. establishment with frenetic cartoons and caricatures that transformed the everyday into surreal grotesqueries. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Wall at 40: Illustrator Gerald Scarfe Recalls Designing Pink Floyd’s Multimedia Masterpiece," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grotesquerie

circa 1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grotesquerie

grotesque + French -erie -ery

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The first known use of grotesquerie was circa 1666

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“Grotesquerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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