grotesque Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"grotesque" in British English

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grotesqueadjective

uk   /ɡrəʊˈtesk/  us   /ɡroʊ-/
strange and ​unpleasant, ​especially in a ​silly or ​slightlyfrightening way: By now she'd had so much ​cosmeticsurgery that she ​lookedquite grotesque. Gothicchurches are ​full of ​devils and grotesque ​figures.
grotesquely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
a grotesquely ​fat man My ​views were grotesquely (= ​extremely)misrepresented.

grotesquenoun [C]

uk   /ɡrəʊˈtesk/  us   /ɡroʊ-/
a ​painting or other ​artisticwork with an ​image of a ​person that is ​ugly or ​unpleasant as ​itssubject: Spencer's grotesques are his ​bestworks.
(Definition of grotesque from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grotesque" in American English

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grotesqueadjective

 us   /ɡroʊˈtesk/
strange and often ​frightening in ​appearance or ​character: Some deep-sea ​creatureslook really grotesque.
grotesquely
adverb  us   /ɡroʊˈtesk·li/
His ​face was grotesquely scarred.
(Definition of grotesque from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “grotesque”
in Korean 괴상한…
in Arabic غَريب, مُتَنافِر…
in Malaysian aneh…
in French grotesque…
in Russian гротескный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 怪誕的,荒謬的, 奇形怪狀的, 醜陋的…
in Italian grottesco…
in Turkish biçimsiz, tuhaf, şekilsiz…
in Polish groteskowy…
in Spanish grotesco…
in Vietnamese lố bịch…
in Portuguese grotesco…
in Thai แปลกประหลาด…
in German grotesk…
in Catalan grotesc…
in Japanese グロテスクな, 異様な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 怪诞的,荒谬的, 奇形怪状的, 丑陋的…
in Indonesian aneh…
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