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Definition distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way


ugly, gross, or very wrong

More rarely, grotesque can refer to a style of art or instances of it that combines or distorts in a fanciful way natural forms into something that is often ugly or disturbing. Grotesque can also be used specifically to reference a gargoyle-like sculpture without a waterspout.
  • She was wearing a grotesque mask that was quite disturbing.
grotesque = distorted or ugly
  • The accident left her grotesquely scarred.
  • grotesquely = badly (or in an ugly, unnatural way)
  • It is the result of a grotesque system that distorts good intentions into evil actions.
  • grotesque = terrible (very bad or very wrong)
  • It was a grotesque mistake.
  • grotesque = terrible (very wrong)
  • The curved mirrors are designed to create grotesque reflections when you look at them.
  • grotesque = distorted
  • The disease causes grotesque deformity.
  • grotesque = ugly or distorted
  • The gothic church is covered with sculptures of grotesque faces and animals.
  • grotesque = ugly or distorted into unnatural shapes
  • The summit proper, a slender rock fin sprouting a grotesque meringue of atmospheric ice, stood twenty feet directly above.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • grotesque = distorted in a seemingly unnatural way
  • And there on the small screen was the burnt house, and the crowd and something with a sheet over it and out of the sky, fluttering, carne the helicopter like a grotesque flower.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • grotesque = distorted in an unnatural, disturbing way
  • This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • grotesque = distorted
  • And between the tents, ahead, in transit, they saw a grotesque parade.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural
  • Grotesque gleam of a time no history will ever fully describe!
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way
  • "Kiss me," Janza said, puckering his lips grotesquely.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • grotesquely = in a gross, distorted and unnatural way
  • I was fasting; for to eat, to fill myself with unassimilated matter, would be to become grotesquely visible again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • grotesquely = unnatural in appearance in a disturbing way
  • My hands are misshapen and grotesque now, and they throb during most of my waking hours.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • grotesque = distorted or ugly
  • The lights from the windows sent a flickering illumination that made grotesque patterns on the courtyard below,
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size
  • He repeated the movement—a grotesque one.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural
  • The mirror image changed, from my grotesque image to that of a bed, a girl sleeping in it.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way


    ugly, gross, or very wrong
  • No one even dared to look at his grotesque face.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • grotesque = distorted and unnatural
  • ...the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
grotesques = things that are distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

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