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grotesque

adjective uk   /ɡrəʊˈtesk/ us    /ɡroʊ-/
strange and unpleasant, especially in a silly or slightly frightening way: By now she'd had so much cosmetic surgery that she looked quite grotesque. Gothic churches are full of devils and grotesque figures.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
grotesquely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
a grotesquely fat man My views were grotesquely (= extremely) misrepresented.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad

grotesque

noun [C] uk   /ɡrəʊˈtesk/ us    /ɡroʊ-/
a painting or other artistic work with an image of a person that is ugly or unpleasant as its subject: Spencer's grotesques are his best works.Strange, suspicious and unnatural things and people
(Definition of grotesque from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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