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grotesque
used in The War of the Worlds

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

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
  • Grotesque gleam of a time no history will ever fully describe!
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (87% in)
grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way
  • Across the light huge black shapes, grotesque and strange, moved busily to and fro.
    1.11 — Book 1 Chapter 11 — At the Window (9% in)
  • The man was running away with the rest, and selling his papers for a shilling each as he ran—a grotesque mingling of profit and panic.
    1.14 — Book 1 Chapter 14 — In London (93% in)
  • We would race across the kitchen in a grotesque way between eagerness and the dread of making a noise, and strike each other, and thrust and kick, within a few inches of exposure.
    2.3 — Book 2 Chapter 3 — The Days of Imprisonment (8% in)
  • Grotesque and foolish as this will seem to the sober reader, it is absolutely true, and what is more remarkable, I found the card game and several others we played extremely interesting.
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (92% in)
  • I remained a very long time upon the roof, wondering at the grotesque changes of the day.
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (98% in)
  • At the corner of the bridge, too, I saw one of the common contrasts of that grotesque time—a sheet of paper flaunting against a thicket of the red weed, transfixed by a stick that kept it in place.
    2.9 — Book 2 Chapter 9 — Wreckage (45% in)
  • Most of it was in blank, but the solitary compositor who did the thing had amused himself by making a grotesque scheme of advertisement stereo on the back page.
    2.9 — Book 2 Chapter 9 — Wreckage (48% in)

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