What does grotesque mean?

Definitions for grotesque
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grotesque(adj)

    art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants

  2. grotesque, monstrous(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. antic, fantastic, fantastical, grotesque(adj)

    ludicrously odd

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

Wiktionary

  1. grotesque(Noun)

    A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

  2. grotesque(Noun)

    Anything grotesque.

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

  3. grotesque(Noun)

    A sans serif typeface.

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

  4. grotesque(Adjective)

    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

  5. grotesque(Adjective)

    disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

  6. grotesque(Adjective)

    sans serif.

    Etymology: grotesque (French: grotesque), from grottesco, from grotta. Compare English grotto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grotesque(noun)

    a whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old crypts and grottoes

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. grottesco, fr. grotta grotto. See Grotto.]

  2. Grotesque(noun)

    artificial grotto-work

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. grottesco, fr. grotta grotto. See Grotto.]

Freebase

  1. Grotesque

    The word grotesque comes from the same Latin root as "grotto", which originated from Greek krypte "hidden place", meaning a small cave or hollow. The original meaning was restricted to an extravagant style of Ancient Roman decorative art rediscovered and then copied in Rome at the end of the 15th century. The "caves" were in fact rooms and corridors of the Domus Aurea, the unfinished palace complex started by Nero after the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64, which had become overgrown and buried, until they were broken into again, mostly from above. Spreading from Italian to the other European languages, the term was long used largely interchangeably with arabesque and moresque for types of decorative patterns using curving foliage elements. Since at least the 18th century, grotesque has come to be used as a general adjective for the strange, fantastic, ugly, incongruous, unpleasant, or disgusting, and thus is often used to describe weird shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks. In art, performance, and literature, grotesque, however, may also refer to something that simultaneously invokes in an audience a feeling of uncomfortable bizarreness as well as empathic pity. More specifically, the grotesque forms on Gothic buildings, when not used as drain-spouts, should not be called gargoyles, but rather referred to simply as grotesques, or chimeras.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grotesque

    grō-tesk′, adj. extravagantly formed: ludicrous.—n. (art) extravagant ornament, containing animals, plants, &c. not really existing.—adv. Grotesque′ly.—ns. Grotesque′ness; Grotesqu′ery. [Fr. grotesque—It. grotescagrotta, a grotto.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grotesque in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grotesque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grotesque in a Sentence

  1. John White:

    You see a pretty grotesque example of misspending of taxpayer dollars.

  2. George Takei:

    What we have is this endless cycle, the repetition of this kind of horror, injustice being inflicted on minority people, and we see it again today on our southern borders, but we've reached a new, grotesque low. We were together with our parents. Our families were intact. What we see today now is this incredible inhumanity of children being torn away from their parents.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    What Bernie Sanders need to do to deal with this grotesque level of wealth and income inequality is make sure that those people who are working -- you know what, Mr. Michael Bloomberg, it wasn't you who made all that money, maybe your workers played some role in that as well.

  4. Trump Jr.:

    I hope every elected Democrat in the country has the common decency and moral courage to disavow these types of grotesque statements from members of their party.

  5. Gerald Scarfe:

    I do have a weird vision of the world, ever since I started I was told, 'You're Hieronymus Bosch, your drawings are grotesque.' But of course, they don't seem like that to me.

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