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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Synonyms for grotesquerie


grotesque, monster, monstrosity, ogre

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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

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His work betrays his influences—such as Edvard Munch’s haunted faces, Weimar-era expressionist grotesquerie and the anthropomorphic dogs of Keith Haring—but never pastiches them. D.b., The Economist, "James Johnston, a veteran rock musician, has blossomed as an artist," 29 July 2019 An aesthetically benign baseball cap is a 21st-century grotesquerie. Washington Post, "The MAGA hat is not a statement of policy. It’s an inflammatory declaration of identity.," 17 Aug. 2019 More Stories The answer might be that Tarantino is out to absolve Hollywood, and himself, for grotesqueries, excesses, insensitivities, and lapses. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 Beran understands the grotesqueries of 4chan as a kind of modern monument to disconsolate male heartbreak. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful," 31 July 2019 But Algren resembles the two masters only superficially, in his antic grotesquerie; any deeper affinity is wholly wanting. Algis Valiunas, National Review, "Nelson Algren: Chicago’s Bard of the Downtrodden," 11 July 2019 And for more early Peter Jackson grotesquerie, Bad Taste is also on Tubi and available to Amazon Prime Video subscribers. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Long before The Happytime Murders, Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles featured perverted puppets," 24 Aug. 2018 Maybe that’s the explanation for some painful — and unnecessary — zaniness in the late going, from a costumed lip-sync number with Farmiga and Schaal to one insert shot too many of those Crumb-ly grotesqueries. Tom Russo,, "‘Boundaries’ follows three generations, one car, and a lot of pot," 4 July 2018 The result is a panorama of atomic grotesquerie that is at once troubling, surprising and ruthlessly entertaining. The Economist, "Secrets and lies of the nuclear age," 7 June 2018

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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