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Meaning of GROTESQUE

Pronunciation:  grow'tesk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
  2. [adj]  distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous; "tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas"; "twisted into monstrous shapes"
  3. [adj]  ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"

GROTESQUE is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: antic, fantastic, fantastical, monstrous, strange, ugly, unnatural, unusual
 See Also: art, fine art



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gro*tesque\, n.
1. A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old
   crypts and grottoes. --Dryden.

2. Artificial grotto-work.

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