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Definition of "grotesquerie" [grotesquerie]

  • The quality of being grotesque or macabre (noun)
  • A genre of literature that was popular in the early 20th century, and practiced by writers such as Ambrose Bierce and Fritz Leiber (noun)

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Use "grotesquerie" in a sentence
  • "Despite the figurative grotesquerie, which is more nuisance than threat, it is a painting of nothing — no thing as such but atmosphere — a moody, indeterminate matter expressive of an interior mental state conjured through paint and paint alone."
  • "The first-person voice is amazing--the narrator's funny and warm and entirely persuasive and completely likeable--and it's got the right kind of grotesquerie to really conjure up the memory of life as a young person."
  • "I resort to voting Republican, myself, but Kaus shows integrity and originality and, big bonus, seems to get the grotesquerie of our hide-bound institutions, corrupted ways andmeans."