Definition of grotesquerie in US English:


(also grotesquery)


  • 1Grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively.

    ‘living in a world of grotesquerie and make-believe’
    • ‘I used to watch this show when I was a little tacker and it combined precisely the right amounts of grotesquerie, intrigue, schlock and sci-fi.’
    • ‘However, this adaptation promises to be a far more rompingly gorgeous grotesquerie, complete with plenty of rotten teeth, cackling mockneys, tight corsets and a sadistic toff.’
    • ‘What sorts of people were attracted to an impoverished life on the road, a ‘career’ that emphasized one's alienation from upward mobility, a commitment to brutal comedy, grotesquerie, rootlessness?’
    • ‘It's worth a look if only for its very British, near-Dickensian combo of squalor, social comment and comic grotesquerie.’
    • ‘Must every report be concluded with such smug grotesquerie?’
    • ‘Misdirection is one of the prestidigitator's tools, after all, and Welles' flair for grotesquerie and offbeat humour are as much a part of the entertainment as the tortuous plot.’
    • ‘The title suggests Lynchian grotesquerie, but the horrors in this Calcutta-set drama are far more straightforward: hunger, poverty, and desperation.’
    • ‘They stayed away from the Wednesday's grotesquerie, with one explaining the decision thus: ‘Why should we interfere?’’
    • ‘The overall effect is one of both grotesquerie and glittering beauty.’
    • ‘Fish is a close second in this roster of edible grotesquerie.’
    • ‘Her work for children is a curious mixture of Victorian grotesquerie and post-modern knowingness: a cast of eccentrics with an equally garrulous and intrusive narrator.’
    • ‘Did it conquer new territory for female expression, or did it somehow incorporate the misogynistic grotesquerie it cited?’
    • ‘His style is remarkable for its grotesquerie, its implicit use of European philosophy, and its pastiches of different languages and dialects.’
    • ‘‘There are more than a couple of moments in this film that get his sense of grotesque tragedy and tragic grotesquerie just right,’ it said.’
    • ‘His disenchantment is wan, taking the form of desiccated sentiment, not grotesquerie.’
    • ‘On a typical day when the Coliseum was playing to a full house, the place was crowded with men, women and children - yes, the Romans thought nothing wrong with exposing children to this kind of grotesquerie.’
    • ‘But over time, the horror genre has gone largely from realism and warning to grotesquerie and farce.’
    • ‘The show should be popular not just because people are always curious about the grotesque, but because our own situation today cries out for a master of grotesquerie.’
    • ‘The participants fumbled around with the primary grotesquerie of speaking about evil at a well-fed and well-managed conference; this was well before we got to the unspeakability of evil itself.’
    • ‘It comes close, at times, to grotesquerie and many scenes are hard to watch.’
    1. 1.1 A grotesque figure, object, or action.
      • ‘Max has grand ideas about modernity - popular images and kitsch, grotesqueries, and performance.’
      • ‘Antiliberal, antiscientific, a foreign absolutist authority dictating to its half-educated adherents, Rome was given to such grotesqueries as the 1864 Syllabus of Errors and the 1870 declaration of papal infallibility.’
      • ‘It's pretty oblique, and free of some of the grotesqueries that characterize almost everything else he's done.’
      • ‘When Brenda reads to Tony from the morning papers, her disengaged chatter runs together nightmarish grotesqueries and social gossip.’
      • ‘These images may take some readers aback, but because today's youth have little or no conception of the grotesqueries of modern war teachers may want to consider seriously using these in the classroom.’
      • ‘In the painting the revolution's populist crowd is transformed by the painter into a common herd, a mob of grotesqueries, to be manipulated by the speaker to do his bidding.’
      • ‘The artist's early scratch-board, pen-and-ink, pastel, and acrylic grotesqueries vie for wall space with his more recent oils, the newest of which stand frame to frame on the floor around the area's perimeter.’
      • ‘Here, Mahler plays down the grotesqueries of the song so that the movement comes across as suave, with a slightly uneasy thread running through.’
      • ‘It is impossible, however, not to be amused, disgusted, and even awed by the book's ingenious observations, its satiric bite, its rich and vivid catalogue of human grotesqueries.’
      • ‘People know that a huge network of necessarily anonymous readers send in those church bulletin typos and linguistic grotesqueries that other readers enjoy.’
      • ‘This seemed an area potentially rife with grotesqueries.’
      • ‘It's like a scene out of Anthony Powell or Evelyn Waugh, a bit of macabre comedy that seems innocent compared with the grotesqueries of the bloodshed ahead.’
      • ‘The parade of grotesqueries viewed and heard at breakneck tempo induces a hypnotic state that some audience members may mistake for an enriching experience.’
      • ‘It also defines why she had proved so adept at slipping into a rich variety of guises, gowns and grotesqueries.’
      • ‘The drawing style is painstakingly precise, and every page comes with a decorative border of grotesqueries.’
      • ‘This one is without arms, that one has had his shoulder pulled down out of shape in order that his grotesqueries may excite laughter…’
      • ‘It is time to leave Ashley and Zach, along with their quiet little hometown, along with the beauty and the grotesqueries that lay hidden beneath it.’
      • ‘But each one also has their highpoints of hysterical heinousness, a reason to celebrate groovy grotesqueries.’
      • ‘As his adventures progress, Martin grows stronger and more confident, but also frightened at the grotesqueries of his appearance.’
      • ‘This is not quite the disaster it might be, because in some ways the house style - lots of expansive gestures repeated very, very slowly by lots of performers in tableaux - is well-suited to the grotesqueries of Gogol's story.’


Late 17th century: French (see grotesque).