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grotesque


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grotesque  \Gro*tesque\,  n. 
  1.  A  whimsical  figure,  or  scene,  such  as  is  found  in  old 
  crypts  and  grottoes.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Artificial  grotto-work. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grotesque 
  adj  1:  distorted  and  unnatural  in  shape  or  size;  abnormal  and 
  hideous;  "tales  of  grotesque  serpents  eight  fathoms 
  long  that  churned  the  seas";  "twisted  into  monstrous 
  shapes"  [syn:  {monstrous},  {unnatural}] 
  2:  ludicrously  odd;  "Hamlet's  assumed  antic  disposition"; 
  "fantastic  Halloween  costumes";  "a  grotesque  reflection  in 
  the  mirror"  [syn:  {antic},  {fantastic},  {fantastical}] 
  n  :  art  characterized  by  an  incongruous  mixture  of  parts  of 
  humans  and  animals  interwoven  with  plants 




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