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- (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəʊˈtɛsk/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹoʊˈtɛsk/
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- Rhymes: -ɛsk
- Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal, especially in a hideous way.
- Coordinate term: baroque
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XV, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume III, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 114:
- The chimney-piece was of party-coloured marble, covered with figures, some of whose faces were beautiful, but generally running off into those grotesque combinations which characterised the peculiar taste of their time.
- 1912, The World's Wit and Humor, page 176:
- A Libyan longing took us, and we would have chosen, if we could, to bear a strand of grotesque beads, or a handful of brazen gauds, and traffic them for some sable maid with crisp locks, whom, uncoffling from the captive train beside the desert, we should make to do our general housework forever, through the right of lawful purchase.
- Disgusting or otherwise viscerally revolting.
- Synonym: gross
- (typography) Sans serif.
distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
- A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.
- Anything grotesque.
- 2009, Emily Chivers Yochim, Skate Life, page 128:
- Obese and largely unintelligible, Don Vito represents a working-class white male grotesque, the picture of excess.
- 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
- He’s also the new character from Sacha Baron Cohen, the man behind Ali G, Borat and Brüno: that unholy trinity of comic grotesques that told us a lot more about ourselves than we’d like to admit.
- (typography) A sans serif typeface.
grotesque (plural grotesques)
grotesque m (plural grotesques)
- → Romanian: grotesc
- “grotesque”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
grotesque m or f (plural grotesques)
- farcical (ridiculous)
grotesque f (plural grotesques)