Definitions for: Grotesque


[n] art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
[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"
[adj] ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gro*tesque, n.
1. A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old
crypts and grottoes. --Dryden.

2. Artificial grotto-work.

Synonyms: antic, fantastic, fantastical, monstrous, strange, ugly, unnatural, unusual

See Also: art, fine art

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