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Meaning of grotesque

gro•tesque

Pronunciation: (grō-tesk'), [key]
— adj.
  1. odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.
  2. fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc.
—n.
  1. any grotesque object, design, person, or thing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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