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American English: /ɡroʊˈtɛsk/
British English: /ɡrə(ʊ)ˈtɛsk/

Translation of grotesque in Spanish:


  • 1
    it seems to us grotesque that …
    nos parece atroz que …
    a grotesque distortion of the truth
    una burda tergiversación de la verdad
    Example sentences
    • Poverty is ugly and the most grotesque form of slavery.
    • The one true romance has had its legs cut out from under it; we are left with the ugly, grotesque caricature of lust that drives these two to their ultimate doom.
    • Even the tots wore their costumes and enjoyed the fun, peering through their grotesque masks, and frightening their elders.


  • 1 (Art) (style) the grotesque
    el grotesco
    Example sentences
    • His writing - poetry, drama, and opinions - is a curious blend of disciplined classicism and carnival grotesque.
    • The adaptation of this decorative style came to be known as grotesque, based on the word grotto.
  • 2 (person) [literary]
    personaje (masculine) grotesco
    esperpento (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The 18th-century singeries go back to Jean Bérain, who first hit on the idea c. 1695 of replacing the classical fauns and statues of Renaissance grotesques by figures of monkeys.
    • The former is seen in the rectilinear and symmetrical designs, including some carvings and moldings that are formed with characteristic regence strapwork, grotesques, and classical motifs from antiquity.
    • The Baroque introduced grotesques along with the heavy ball dangling from the central shaft, anchoring detachable rows of arms that allowed the hanging fixture to mutate vertically.
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