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Synonyms for grotesqueness

ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion

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Old Captain Peleg, many years her chief-mate, before he commanded another vessel of his own, and now a retired seaman, and one of the principal owners of the Pequod, --this old Peleg, during the term of his chief-mateship, had built upon her original grotesqueness, and inlaid it, all over, with a quaintness both of material and device, unmatched by anything except it be Thorkill-Hake's carved buckler or bedstead.
They appeared to me white -- whiter than the sheet upon which I trace these words -- and thin even to grotesqueness; thin with the intensity of their expression of firmness -- of immoveable resolution -- of stern contempt of human torture.
They were larger, the colors more brilliant and the shapes startling, some almost to grotesqueness, though even such added to the charm and romance of the landscape as the giant cacti render weirdly beautiful the waste spots of the sad Mohave.
The grossness and the sliminess of it was forgotten in the simple grotesqueness of it, and he had the saving sense of humor.
Thus, in Hamlet, let us say, the grotesqueness of the grave-digger, the flowers of the mad girl, the fantastic finery of Osric, the pallor of the ghost and the grin of the skull are all oddities in a sort of tangled wreath round one plain tragic figure of a man in black.
It mortified him, moreover, to think that Valentin lacked money; there was a painful grotesqueness in it.
This grotesqueness of aspect no longer shocked Razumov.
In this manner, both Grass's and Oe's narratives - defamiliarizing memoirs of grotesqueness and parody - are intended to be ambivalent and equivocal, so that their readers can experience, in Jean-Paul Sartre's term, "the synthesis of perception and creation" (52).
"The horror and grotesqueness of these details are too much to accept.
In a suggestive reading, Inden traces Orientalist constructions of communalism to their racial and gender origins--the overwhelming of Aryan male rationalism by the release of overheated Dravidian female matter, or that state of decline into sensuality and grotesqueness when the male Aryan spirit is overcome by female wildness (119).
The Habit of Being (1979), a collection of letters edited by O'Connor's friend and adviser, Sally Fitzgerald, is an invaluable assemblage of statements about her life and fiction from an author whose privacy was enforced, and whose works--in their depictions of the grotesqueness and extremity of contemporary existence--only appear to be quite separate from the modest, secluded presence who generated them.
Verbal humor and gusto, both playful and profoundly serious, characterize his stories and poems, as well as an extraordinary range of grotesqueness and fantasy.
Tenniel and Carroll's illustrations emphasise the grotesqueness of Alice's rapid size changes and suggest that these are the unnatural effects of extravagant consumption.
They write personally but not to the point of grotesqueness. They know that poetry is the art of suggestion and that what is left out of a poem is just as important as what is left in.
Her grotesqueness, in sum, is not a question of ugliness so much as of the wrongly combined: young/old, ugly/beautiful, spinster/maiden; pairings that incarnate the social-critical contrary of the graceful hybrid fantasies of the decorative grottesche.