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Synonyms for grotesquery

ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion

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Grotesquery, and caricature with it, takes liberties with nature, inventing impossible or distorted creatures and environments.
One wonders whether any began to regret having enlisted in the enterprise whose commanding heights they now occupied, but which had become a grotesquery of mass murder in which they were now trapped.
How can we reconcile satire's supposedly corrective aim with Waugh's concluding grotesquery in which the hero, Tony Last, has been transported from his stately home and the decadence of interwar British gentility to the Amazonian jungle where he is held captive and condemned to read Dickens to death?
Spring dismisses this claim, arguing that pictures by Cheri Samba are "painted for Africans, not for Westerners, and that despite their ribald [humor] and grotesquery, they have serious points to make: that there [is] poverty, stupidity, corruption, chaos, universal decadence" in the world.
Though Tolstoy does not recreate the grotesquery of E.T.A.
As with Jack Maggs, however, the end of the novel surpasses Dickens in grotesquery and horror.
Bereft of the prosthetic makeup afforded John Hurt in David Lynch's 1980 film version, Legge has to rely on his own transformative physical inventiveness to make us "see" Merrick's grotesquery. By re-arranging his facial features - moving his mouth off to the side, clenching his jaw, contorting an eyebrow, curling his right arm into a claw, and adding a fragile grace to the left - we see him through the eyes of those around him.
Thus dynastic politics are born and the republic is manipulated and distorted into a de facto monarchy, where the presidential father is succeeded by the presidential son (In the case of North Korea next will be the turn of the grandson; what the founders of Marxism would have said about this grotesquery masquerading as socialism is all too imaginable).
Thus, the genre that Walpole launched, whose themes of terror, intrigue, mystery and grotesquery play out in ancient castles, does not symbolize the destruction of the old, aristocratic order but rather suggests its restoration after having been appropriated from below, usually by a younger, murderous brother.
In the early 20th century, a mask appeared, climbed out of an Iberian head on a squatting Picasso nude, leered in twisted grotesquery, dark, deformed, plumbing depths with an eye of macabre inquiry.
Still, one thing is sadly certain in this grotesquery. Todd's Last Portrait of Mother is a dead cert to win the prize.
Processional by John Howard Lawson is set in West Virginia in 1925, and employs an innovative and vibrant melange of drama, vaudeville, grotesquery and slapstick to depict a savage critique of western capitalism.
(40) Being generated by the sun in dead dogs mirrors this grotesquery, albeit this corporeal depiction is by far not the merry procreation usual to carnival.
Dancers dangling from menacing meat hooks--when not making creepy throat-slicing gestures--became a tableau of grotesquery, with Vandekeybus, in the coda as a snorting, ground-pawing horse, pranced before settling down to sleep.
To create a trope for irony and tragedy: the bridge as grand, sublime architecture set against the grotesquery of the suicidal leaps?