noun and adjective. / ɡrōˈtesk /

1). Grotesque means ugly, distorted, or incongruous to a shocking degree.

Example: “Quentin Massys’ painting is grotesque but I kind of like it…”

2). In architecture, a grotesque is a mythical figure that is used as a decorative element.

Example: “I like gargoyles and other grotesques.”

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