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grotesque

gro·tesque

grotesque

pronunciation:
gro tesk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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Word History
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unnatural, distorted, or ugly in character or appearance.
 
synonyms:
distorted, misshapen
similar words:
bizarre, hideous, ugly, unnatural
definition 2: fantastic or unnatural in the design or combination of forms, as in artwork combining incongruous human and animal features.
similar words:
bizarre, fantastic, outlandish, preposterous, unnatural
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one that is grotesque.
similar words:
freak, gargoyle
definition 2: an art style of sixteenth-century Italy that employed grotesque designs and forms.
derivations: grotesquely (adv.), grotesqueness (n.)
Word History
Grotesque comes from grotta, an early Italian word for "cave." English speakers first used the word "grotesque" to describe the weird paintings of humans and animals found on the basement walls of Roman ruins.