grotesquerie

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From the French

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grotesquerie ‎(countable and uncountable, plural grotesqueries)

  1. The quality of being grotesque or macabre.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter II:
      She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact.
    • 2009, January 12, “Steve Smith”, in Worlds Apart: Harmonies Earthbound and Lunar[1]:
      The tone is brittle and morbid, emphasizing the eerie grotesquerie of Albert Giraud's poems.
  2. (literature) A genre of literature that was popular in the early 20th century, and practiced by writers such as Ambrose Bierce and Fritz Leiber.

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