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From the French
- The quality of being grotesque or macabre.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, “Burglary”, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384, page 35:
- She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
- 2009, January 12, “Steve Smith”, in Worlds Apart: Harmonies Earthbound and Lunar:
- The tone is brittle and morbid, emphasizing the eerie grotesquerie of Albert Giraud's poems.
- (literature) A genre of horror literature that was popular in the early 20th century, and practiced by writers such as Ambrose Bierce and Fritz Leiber.
quality of being grotesque