grotesque has definitions from the field of fine art
[ adjective ] distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous


monstrous unnatural


"tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas" "twisted into monstrous shapes"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

Splendid , too , is the performance of Yuri_Tolubeyev , one of Russia 's leading comedians , as Sancho_Panza , the fat , grotesque `` squire '' .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

For the present it is enough to note that in the grotesque figure of Jacoby , at the moment of his collapse , all these elements come together in prophetic parody .

Piepsam is grotesque , a disturbing parody ; his end is ridiculous and trivial .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

It was a grotesque hen , five or six feet tall .

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[ adjective ] ludicrously odd


"Hamlet's assumed antic disposition" "fantastic Halloween costumes" "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"

Used in print

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

Again the student of evolutionary biology will find a fascinating , if to our minds grotesque , anticipation of the theory of chance variations and the natural elimination of the unfit in Lucretius , who in_turn seems to have borrowed the concept from the philosopher Empedocles .

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[ noun ] (fine art) art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Then the figures which held his attention became a group of shattered trees , standing like the grotesques of a medieval damnation scene .

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