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Definition of Grotesque


  1. A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old crypts and grottoes.
  2. Artificial grotto-work.

Grotesque Quotations

Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
H. L. Mencken

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
Soren Kierkegaard

I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
Alexander McQueen

All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.
Carl von Clausewitz

I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.
Dustin Hoffman
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Grotesque Translations

grotesque in Dutch is grotesk, grillig, potsierlijk
grotesque in French is ubuesque
grotesque in German is fratzenhaft, grotesk
grotesque in Spanish is grotesco
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