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GROTESQUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does grotesque mean? 

GROTESQUE (noun)
  The noun GROTESQUE has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: GROTESQUE used as a noun is very rare.


GROTESQUE (adjective)
  The adjective GROTESQUE has 2 senses:

1. distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
2. ludicrously odd

  Familiarity information: GROTESQUE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GROTESQUE (noun)


Sense 1grotesque [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("grotesque" is a kind of...):

art; fine art (the products of human creativity; works of art collectively)


GROTESQUE (adjective)


Sense 1grotesque [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous

Synonyms:

grotesque; monstrous; unnatural

Context examples:

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

Similar:

ugly (displeasing to the senses)


Sense 2grotesque [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ludicrously odd

Synonyms:

antic; fantastic; fantastical; grotesque

Context examples:

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

Similar:

strange; unusual (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird)


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