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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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 This version of the Cinderella story sets the gentle, patient heroine against the comic grotesqueries of her domineering stepmother and twit-like stepsisters. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 If America is lucky—and America has been a lucky country—out of the grotesqueries of this Trumpian era a rectification will gather force. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Post Office and Trump’s Culture War," 20 Apr. 2018 And a growing commitment to augmenting the grotesqueries of Gothick design, colored glass at the windows lending the place a cathedral air with images not of saints but suns and moons, stars, falcons, an antlered stag. Longreads, "The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone," 17 Apr. 2018 The war’s proponents deploy propaganda with all the loathsome rhetoric of the white supremacist alt-right; the war’s atrocities are Mengelean in scope and grotesquerie. N.k. Jemisin, New York Times, "The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy," 6 Sep. 2017

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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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