Definition of 'grotesque'
Example sentences containing 'grotesque'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
His career and his personal life were a grotesque mirror image of decay. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There is something grotesque about a civilised society failing to give people clean enough air. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Why make yourself look a grotesque caricature of yourself? The Sun (2014)From a distance it looked like a grotesque act of vanity. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He had become a grotesque parody of himself and the gallery at last began to avert its eyes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It damages others of us in ways more grotesque but in ways we do a pretty good job of covering up. Christianity Today (2000)Shock and disgust remain her primary tactic; the effect is more grotesque comedy. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was a grotesque image. The Sun (2014)THE grotesque images of last week's riots will haunt us for many years to come. The Sun (2011)I didn't want to be some grotesque parody of womanhood. The Sun (2009)And I was really embarrassed about how grotesque it looked. The Sun (2011)For grotesque this was or, in its own scarily inventive way, grotesque burlesque. Times, Sunday Times (2007)On the contrary, it is a grotesque, undignified parody. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Now the Home Secretary must crack down on another grotesque abuse. The Sun (2014)During the fuss over the grotesque abuse of women on Twitter, one thing caught my eye. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is the comedy of the grotesque, performed with hideous conviction, that requires a strong stomach. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A grotesque parody Perhaps that's fine. The Sun (2014)
Trends of 'grotesque'
In Common Usage. grotesque is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'grotesque'
British English: grotesque ADJECTIVE
You say that something is grotesque when it is so unnatural, unpleasant, and exaggerated that it upsets or shocks you.
...the grotesque disparities between the wealthy few and nearly everyone else.
British English: grotesque NOUN
A grotesque is a person who is very ugly in a strange or unnatural way, especially one in a novel or painting.
His novels are peopled with outlandish characters: grotesques, clowns, scarecrows, dwarfs.
Definition of grotesque from the Collins English Dictionary
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Part One: Unlocking Mandarin with Paul Noble
We sent one of the Collins team for a one-to-one learning experience with the man himself, and here’s how they found part one of the course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.