mid 16th century (as noun): from French crotesque (the earliest form in English), from Italian grottesca, from opera or pittura grottesca ‘work or painting resembling that found in a grotto’; ‘grotto’ here probably denoted the rooms of ancient buildings in Rome which had been revealed by excavations, and which contained murals in the grotesque style.
Grotesque in a sentence (word usage in recent newspaper)
Chennai’s killers share grotesque trait: Like to watch victims die.
Harlan Ullman: Presidential race has become grotesque game show.
Grotesque ISIS video shows the training of child soldiers.
GROTESQUE images of gangrenous toes and clogged arteries are to be emblazoned across cigarette packets made for sale in UK shops.
An economy that tackles the grotesque inequality that is holding people back.
Mnemonic trick to remember the meaning of grotesque
imagine a tusk grow on your face… you will look grotesque 🙂