Adjective "grotesque" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Comically or repulsively ugly or distorted.
  1. 'Even grimmer and more grotesque scenarios are amply available in the world of globalization.'
  2. 'The pristine beach was now a sheet of razor-sharp glass, twisted into hideous and grotesque spires and craters.'
  3. 'The one true romance has had its legs cut out from under it; we are left with the ugly, grotesque caricature of lust that drives these two to their ultimate doom.'
  4. 'But this post-World War II system was only a grotesque parody of a gold standard.'
  5. 'Another boy did a grotesque parody of a monster drawling incoherent, preposterous demands.'
  6. 'He continuously draws pictures of the creature's grotesque porcelain mask.'
  7. 'Turning on the Admiral, her face twisted into a grotesque mask of furor and grief.'
  8. 'Poverty is ugly and the most grotesque form of slavery.'
  9. 'Even the tots wore their costumes and enjoyed the fun, peering through their grotesque masks, and frightening their elders.'
  10. 'Today we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement.'
  11. 'a lifestyle of grotesque luxury'


A very ugly or comically distorted figure or image.
  1. 'Standing among these grotesques, one immediately attempted to connect the images, to deduce the cultural and social milieu from which they came.'
  2. 'The Baroque introduced grotesques along with the heavy ball dangling from the central shaft, anchoring detachable rows of arms that allowed the hanging fixture to mutate vertically.'
  3. 'Populated by grotesques and caricatures it was a love/hate letter for an England fading into sepia.'
  4. 'Gradually, in other songs, Dylan gives more license to clowns and fools, gargoyles and grotesques.'
  5. 'At the bottom of each slope of this gablet is a carved grotesque.'
  6. 'They're a pastiche of grotesques lifted from the canon of Southern literature with additional fever-pitch dialogue from every drug-addiction novel ever written.'
  7. 'In the process, what could have been a portentous freak show of rural grotesques became a memorable portrait of painful family fissures.'
  8. 'Out in the street, he found a carnival of grotesques behind the surface of the world.'
  9. 'Gargoyles and grotesques, which top the building, were donated to the Cathedral by civic and school groups over the years.'
  10. 'The characters, or rather their moulded images, are from the sketchbook, social grotesques masquerading as pillars of society.'
  11. 'His writing - poetry, drama, and opinions - is a curious blend of disciplined classicism and carnival grotesque.'
A family of 19th-century sans serif typefaces.


    1. odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.

    2. fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc. noun

    3. any grotesque object, design, person, or thing.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "heads can be grotesque in respirators."

    "dreams can be grotesque in itselfs."

    "blues can be grotesque in fullnesses."

    "people can be grotesque."

    "lies can be grotesque."

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    Mid 16th century (as noun): from French crotesque (the earliest form in English), from Italian grottesca, from opera or pittura grottesca ‘work or painting resembling that found in a grotto’; ‘grotto’ here probably denoted the rooms of ancient buildings in Rome which had been revealed by excavations, and which contained murals in the grotesque style.