Words I Love 021 – Grotesque

Today’s word looks and sounds like it’s meaning. A great word, I hope you agree.

grotesque

ɡrə(ʊ)ˈtɛsk/

adjective

adjective: grotesque
  1. 1.
    comically or repulsively ugly or distorted.
    “a figure wearing a grotesque mask”
    synonyms: malformed, deformed, misshapen, misproportioned, distorted, twisted, gnarled, mangled, mutilated; More

    informalweird, freaky, fugly;
    informalrum
    “a grotesque creature with a flattened body and a squashed head”
    antonyms: ordinary, normal

noun

noun: grotesque; plural noun: grotesques
  1. 1.
    a very ugly or comically distorted figure or image.
    “the rods are carved in the form of a series of gargoyle faces and grotesques”
    • a style of decorative painting or sculpture consisting of the interweaving of human and animal forms with flowers and foliage.
  2. 2.
    Printing
    a family of 19th-century sans serif typefaces.

Origin

mid 16th century (as noun): from French crotesque (the earliest form in English), from Italian grottesca, from opera or pittura grottesca ‘work or painting resembling that found in a grotto’; ‘grotto’ here probably denoted the rooms of ancient buildings in Rome which had been revealed by excavations, and which contained murals in the grotesque style.
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