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Grand Guignol

[French grahn gee-nyawl] /French grɑ̃ giˈnyɔl/
noun
1.
a short drama stressing horror and sensationalism.
2.
of, pertaining to, or resembling such a drama.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; after Le Grand Guignol, small theater in Paris where such dramas were performed
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Grand Guignol

/ɡrɑ̃ ɡiɲɔl/
noun
1.
  1. a brief sensational play intended to horrify
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or like plays of this kind
Word Origin
C20: after Le Grand Guignol, a small theatre in Montmartre, Paris
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