grotesque

Definitions:

  • Characterized by ludicrous, repulsive, or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner. <i>synonym</i>: <strong> ugly</strong>.
  • Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance. <i>synonym</i>: <strong> fantastic</strong>.
  • Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.
  • One that is grotesque.
  • None
  • A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations.
  • A work of art executed in this style.
  • Consisting of or resembling artificial grotto-work.
  • Hence Of the fantastic character of such grotto-work and of its decoration; wildly formed; of irregular forms and proportions; ludicrous; antic (which see), as the arabesques of the Renaissance, in which figures human to the waist terminate in scrolls, leafage, and the like, and are associated with animal forms and impossible flowers; hence, in general, whimsical, extravagant, or odd; absurdly bold: often, or more commonly, used in a sense of condemnation or depreciation.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Fantastic</em>, etc. (see <internalXref urlencoded="fanciful">fanciful</internalXref>); whimsical, wild, strange.
  • That which is grotesque, as an uncouth or ill-proportioned figure, rude and savage scenery, an inartistic, clownish, or absurd fancy, a clumsy satire, or the like.
  • Specifically In <em>art</em>, a capricious figure, work, or ornament; especially, a variety of arabesque which as a whole has no type in nature, being a combination of the parts of animals and plants, and of other incongruous elements.
  • In <em>printing</em>, any uncouth form of type; specifically, in Great Britain, the black square-cut display-type called <internalXref urlencoded="gothic">gothic</internalXref> in the United States.
  • Like the figures found in ancient grottoes; grottolike.
  • Wildly or strangely formed; whimsical; extravagant; of irregular forms and proportions; fantastic; ludicrous; antic.
  • A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old crypts and grottoes.
  • Artificial grotto-work.
  • <xref>distorted</xref> and <xref>unnatural</xref> in shape or size; <xref>abnormal</xref> and <xref>hideous</xref>
  • <xref>disgusting</xref> or otherwise <xref>viscerally</xref> <xref>reviling</xref>.
  • <xref>sans serif</xref>.
  • A <xref>style</xref> of <xref>ornamentation</xref> characterized by <xref>fanciful</xref> <xref>combinations</xref> of <xref>intertwined</xref> <xref>forms</xref>.
  • Anything grotesque.
  • A <xref>sans serif</xref> <xref>typeface</xref>.
  • ludicrously odd
  • distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  • art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
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