grotesque

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle French grotesque (French: grotesque), from Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta. Compare English grotto.

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Adjective[edit]

grotesque (comparative more grotesque, superlative most grotesque)

  1. distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  2. disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.
  3. (typography) sans serif.

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Noun[edit]

grotesque (plural grotesques)

  1. A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.
  2. Anything grotesque.
  3. (typography) A sans serif typeface.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

grotesque (masculine and feminine, plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)
  2. grotesque

Noun[edit]

grotesque m (plural grotesques)

  1. grotesqueness

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Middle French[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

grotesque m, f (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)

Noun[edit]

grotesque f (plural grotesques)

  1. small cave
  2. ornament

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