grotesque

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəʊˈtɛsk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹoʊˈtɛsk/
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Adjective[edit]

grotesque (comparative grotesquer, superlative grotesquest)

  1. Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, 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.
  2. Disgusting or otherwise viscerally revolting.
  3. (typography) Sans serif.

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Noun[edit]

grotesque (countable and uncountable, plural grotesques)

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

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

grotesque (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)
  2. grotesque

Noun[edit]

grotesque m (plural grotesques)

  1. grotesqueness

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian grottesco.

Adjective[edit]

grotesque m or f (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: grotesque
  • French: grotesque

Noun[edit]

grotesque f (plural grotesques)

  1. small cave
  2. ornament

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