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English definition of “grotesque”


adjective     /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     /-li/ adverb a grotesquely fat man My views were grotesquely (= extremely) misrepresented.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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