Grotesque Gro*tesque, n. 1. A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old crypts and grottoes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Artificial grotto-work. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • grotesque — [ grɔtɛsk ] n. et adj. • 1532; it. grottesca, de grotta « grotte » → grotte I ♦ N. m. ou f. pl. Arts 1 ♦ Ornements fantastiques découverts aux XVe et XVIe s. dans les ruines …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • grotesque — Grotesque. adj. Il se dit des figures imaginées par le caprice du Peintre, dont une partie represente quelque chose de naturel, & l autre quelque chose de chimerique. Figures grotesques. En ce sens on l employe plus ordinairement au substantif, & …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Grotesque — (Жешув,Польша) Категория отеля: Адрес: Przesmyk 4, 35 065 Жешув, Польша Описание …   Каталог отелей

  • Grotesque — Gro*tesque (gr[ o]*t[e^]sk ), a. [F., fr. It. grottesco, fr. grotta grotto. See {Grotto}.] 1. Like the figures found in ancient grottoes; grottolike. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Wildly or strangely formed; whimsical; extravagant; of irregular forms… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grotesque — [grō tesk′] adj. [Fr < It grottesca (pittura), orig., (picture) in a cave < grotta, GROTTO: from resemblance to designs found in Roman caves] 1. in or of a style of painting, sculpture, etc. in which forms of persons and animals are… …   English World dictionary

  • grotesque — (adj.) c.1600s, originally a noun (1560s), from M.Fr. crotesque (16c., Mod.Fr. grotesque), from It. grottesco, lit. of a cave, from grotta (see GROTTO (Cf. grotto)). The usual explanation is that the word first was used of paintings found on the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grotesque — ► ADJECTIVE 1) comically or repulsively ugly or distorted. 2) shockingly incongruous or inappropriate. ► NOUN 1) a grotesque figure or image. 2) a style of decorative painting or sculpture consisting of the interweaving of human and animal forms… …   English terms dictionary

  • Grotesque — Grotesque, Schriftgattung, s.u. Schrift …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • grotesque — index odious, prodigious (amazing) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • grotesque — bizarre, *fantastic, antic Analogous words: baroque, rococo, flamboyant (see ORNATE): *weird, eerie, uncanny: extravagant, extreme (see EXCESSIVE): preposterous, absurd (see FOOLISH): ludicrous, ridiculous, comical, comic, droll (see LAUGHABLE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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