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English definition of “grotesque”


adjective    /ɡroʊˈtesk/
strange and often frightening in appearance or character: Some deep-sea creatures look really grotesque. grotesquely    /ɡroʊˈtesk·li/ adverb His face was grotesquely scarred.
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