from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being grotesque.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality of being grotesque.

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  • noun The characteristic or quality of being grotesque

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion


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  • But in spite of its merits, its dialect wearies the modern reader, and gives it an air of grotesqueness which is very alien to the spirit of the Latin.

    The Aeneid of Virgil Translated into English Verse by E. Fairfax Taylor

  • Even in its miraculous element it stands to some extent in contrast with all mythologies, where the marvelous has ever a predominant character of grotesqueness which is absent from New

    Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith Being an Examination of the Evidences of Infidelity

  • This description of the Foul Fiend has an element of grotesqueness which is rather Christian than Moslem.

    Arabian nights. English

  • At least that's what I found anyway when I saw one gruesome seens (none of the scenes were close the "grotesqueness" of the Saw and Hostel movie series), but a few of them did strike a nerve for a short while anyway I must admit.


  • I stare at the painted q-tip in my fingers and smile at the grotesqueness of it all.


  • I, Darrell Standing, was the linking personality that connected all bizarreness and grotesqueness.

    Chapter 6

  • You appear as a creature shameful, under a grotesqueness of apparel striving to hide some secret awfulness.


  • And, finally, adding to the grotesqueness of the process is the added burden for immigrants who do not understand English of trying to comprehend the court proceedings.

    Bennett L. Gershman: How Immigration Courts Contaminate American Justice

  • She laughed genuinely at the grotesqueness of the idea.


  • The grossness and the sliminess of it was forgotten in the simple grotesqueness of it, and he had the saving sense of humor.

    The Benefit of the Doubt


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