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grotesquerie Line breaks: gro|tesque¦rie
Pronunciation: /ɡrəʊˈtɛskəri/

Definition of grotesquerie in English:

noun (plural grotesqueries)

[mass noun]
1Grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively: current tastes for horror and grotesquerie
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  • The title suggests Lynchian grotesquerie, but the horrors in this Calcutta-set drama are far more straightforward: hunger, poverty, and desperation.
  • ‘There are more than a couple of moments in this film that get his sense of grotesque tragedy and tragic grotesquerie just right,’ it said.
  • But over time, the horror genre has gone largely from realism and warning to grotesquerie and farce.
1.1 [count noun] A grotesque thing or action: the grotesqueries of the island’s landscape
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  • The artist's early scratch-board, pen-and-ink, pastel, and acrylic grotesqueries vie for wall space with his more recent oils, the newest of which stand frame to frame on the floor around the area's perimeter.
  • It is impossible, however, not to be amused, disgusted, and even awed by the book's ingenious observations, its satiric bite, its rich and vivid catalogue of human grotesqueries.
  • It's like a scene out of Anthony Powell or Evelyn Waugh, a bit of macabre comedy that seems innocent compared with the grotesqueries of the bloodshed ahead.


Late 17th century: French (see grotesque).

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