grotesque vs monstrous what difference

what is difference between grotesque and monstrous

English

Etymology

From Middle French grotesque (French grotesque), from Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta. Compare English grotto.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəʊˈtɛsk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹoʊˈtɛsk/

Adjective

grotesque (comparative grotesquer, superlative grotesquest)

  1. Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous.
  2. Disgusting or otherwise viscerally revolting.
  3. (typography) Sans serif.

Derived terms

  • grody
  • grotty
  • guro, ero-guro

Translations

Noun

grotesque (countable and uncountable, plural grotesques)

  1. A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.
  2. Anything grotesque.
  3. (typography) A sans serif typeface.

Related terms

  • grotesquely
  • grotesqueness

Further reading

  • Grotesque in the 1905 edition of the New International Encyclopedia.

French

Etymology

From Middle French grotesque, from Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʁɔ.tɛsk/

Adjective

grotesque (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)
  2. grotesque

Noun

grotesque m (plural grotesques)

  1. grotesqueness

Further reading

  • “grotesque” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Alternative forms

  • crotesque

Etymology

From Italian grottesco.

Adjective

grotesque m or f (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)

Descendants

  • English: grotesque
  • French: grotesque

Noun

grotesque f (plural grotesques)

  1. small cave
  2. ornament

References

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (grotesque, supplement)


English

Etymology

From Middle English monstrous, from Old French monstrueuse, monstrüos, from Latin mōnstrōsus. Compare monstruous.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑnstɹəs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɒnstɹəs/
  • Hyphenation: mon‧strous

Adjective

monstrous (comparative more monstrous, superlative most monstrous)

  1. Hideous or frightful.
  2. Enormously large.
    a monstrous height
  3. Freakish or grotesque.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The rule and exercises of holy living
      He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom he is bound to love [] is unnatural and monstrous in his affections.
  4. Of, or relating to a mythical monster; full of monsters.
  5. (obsolete) Marvellous; exceedingly strange; fantastical.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:gigantic

Translations


Middle English

Adjective

monstrous

  1. Alternative form of monstruous

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