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 Both the prosecution and the defense aimed to find a thread of logic in an inexplicable grotesquerie. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Some Black writers and producers in America use horror and science fiction as a lens through which to examine the grotesquerie of the country’s racist systems and history (Jordan Peele, for example, made Get Out after the killing of Trayvon Martin). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 17 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 4 July 2020 The grotesquerie Houellebecq is famous for pervades Serotonin. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 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, 23 Oct. 2019 The third season kitchen-sinked with luscious grotesquerie, clashing giallo horror into a Euro-trippy showdown. Darren Franich,, 5 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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“Grotesquerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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