grotesque definition

  • adjective:
    • Characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion, at the time of look or way.
    • Outlandish or bizarre, as in personality or look. See Synonyms at great.
    • Of, concerning, or becoming the grotesque design in art or a work executed inside design.
    • distorted and unnatural in form or size; unusual and hideous
    • disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.
    • sans-serif.
    • like numbers present in old grottoes; grottolike.
    • Wildly or strangely created; whimsical; extravagant; of irregular kinds and proportions; great; ludicrous; antic.
    • ludicrously odd
    • altered and abnormal in form or dimensions; abnormal and hideous
  • noun:
    • one that's grotesque.
    • a mode of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which all-natural types and monstrous figures are intertwined in strange or fanciful combinations.
    • A work of art executed in this design.
    • a method of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined types.
    • Anything grotesque.
    • A sans serif typeface.
    • A whimsical figure, or scene, such as for example is found in old crypts and grottoes.
    • synthetic grotto-work.
    • whatever is grotesque, as an uncouth or ill-proportioned figure, rude and savage views, an inartistic, clownish, or absurd fancy, a clumsy satire, or perhaps the want.
    • Specifically In art, a capricious figure, work, or decoration; especially, a number of arabesque which all together does not have any key in nature, being a mix of the areas of pets and plants, and of other incongruous elements.
    • In printing, any uncouth form of type; specifically, in Great Britain, the black colored square-cut display-type called gothic in the usa.
    • art characterized by an incongruous combination of elements of people and pets interwoven with flowers
  • others:
    • composed of or resembling artificial grotto-work.
    • ergo associated with fantastic personality of these grotto-work and of its decoration; extremely shaped; of unusual forms and proportions; ludicrous; antic (which see), as the arabesques for the Renaissance, where numbers man on waist terminate in scrolls, leafage, and so on, and involving pet forms and impossible flowers; hence, as a whole, whimsical, extravagant, or odd; absurdly bold: often, or more frequently, utilized in a feeling of condemnation or depreciation.
    • Synonyms Fantastic, etc. (see fanciful); whimsical, crazy, unusual.

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