grotesque

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Synonyms for grotesque

Synonyms for grotesque

resembling a freak

conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense

Synonyms for grotesque

art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants

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distorted and unnatural in shape or size

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ludicrously odd

References in classic literature ?
The subject would become so big in his mind that he himself would be in danger of becom- ing a grotesque.
Each of these medicine men has his idols carved in wood, representing the spirits of the air and of the fire, under some rude and grotesque form of a horse, a bear, a beaver, or other quadruped, or that of bird or fish.
After all the pentagonal, hexagonal, and whimsical faces, which had succeeded each other at that hole without realizing the ideal of the grotesque which their imaginations, excited by the orgy, had constructed, nothing less was needed to win their suffrages than the sublime grimace which had just dazzled the assembly.
As von Horn and Professor Maxon talked together in the laboratory before the upsetting of vat Number Thirteen, a grotesque and horrible creature had slunk from the low shed at the opposite side of the campong until it had crouched at the flimsy door of the building in which the two men conversed.
A sudden grimace lighted the frightful face as the grotesque eyes fell upon this new creature.
The "bulls" he had recognized from the ape's crude description as the grotesque parodies upon humanity who inhabit the ruins of Opar.
The chorus necessitated some grotesque waddlings supposed to be an imitation of a plantation darkey, under the influence, probably, of music and the moon.
Indeed Dickens has been rightly designated a grotesque novelist--the greatest of all grotesque novelists.
Powell looked at the grotesque Franklin with awakened interest and with that half-amused sympathy with which we receive unprovoked confidences from men with whom we have no sort of affinity.
But this word being the only clear and definite statement in these grotesque and dismal ravings was comparatively restful to his mind.
Thus, with a dream, came the first faint tinge of a knowledge of fear, a knowledge which Tarzan, awake, had never experienced, and perhaps he was experiencing what his early forbears passed through and transmitted to posterity in the form of superstition first and religion later; for they, as Tarzan, had seen things at night which they could not explain by the daylight standards of sense perception or of reason, and so had built for themselves a weird explanation which included grotesque shapes, possessed of strange and uncanny powers, to whom they finally came to attribute all those inexplicable phenomena of nature which with each recurrence filled them with awe, with wonder, or with terror.
Particularly was Tarzan amused by the grotesque headdresses of the pictured people.
In that characteristic attitude, pathetic in his grotesque and incurable obesity which he had to drag like a galley slave's bullet to the end of his days, the Assistant Commissioner of Police beheld the ticket-of-leave apostle filling a privileged arm-chair within the screen.
But this grotesque incarnation of humanitarian passion appealed somehow, to one's imagination.
At least he might have found relief in raging at his stupidity, as he had raged at the grotesque blunders that had brought him to prison.