grotesque grotesque  /ɡroʊ ˈtɛsk/


  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
  3. (adj) ludicrously odd



  1. The authorities in Sankt Poelten are making the most of their sleepy, baroque town's misfortune of being the venue for perhaps the most grotesque trial in Austria's history.
  2. Suddenly, it seemed, everybody was writing about his relatives as if they were not only grotesque but absurdly, even proudly grotesque.
  3. They resemble the wedgies worn by the screaming queen of a King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, and to conservative eyes they seem grotesque, if not downright decadent.


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  1. Mr Charman, 54, had challenged the sum awarded by a High Court judge, saying his wife Beverley's share in his fortune was "grotesque and unfair".
    on May 24, 2007 By: Mark Potter Source: ic

  2. But artist David Hockney, who has been waging a one-man campaign against the ban, calls it a "grotesque piece of social engineering" imposed by a "political and media elite".
    on Jun 29, 2007 By: David Hockney Source:

  3. The head of the British army General Sir Richard Dannatt said: "I welcome the conviction of a group of men who were prepared to conduct such a cowardly and grotesque attack against members of the army based solely on their religion."
    on Feb 18, 2008 By: Sir Richard Dannatt Source: Reuters

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