How grotesque that the anti-abortion movement is using his crimes as a pretext to make those cracks even wider.
The story is too dark, the plot too twisted, and the main character far too grotesque.
Page says oftentimes networks will tell production companies, “We want outrageous but not grotesque,” she says.
c.1600s, originally a noun (1560s), from Middle French crotesque (16c., Modern French grotesque), from Italian grottesco, literally "of a cave," from grotta (see grotto). The usual explanation is that the word first was used of paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins (Italian pittura grottesca), which OED finds "intrinsically plausible." Originally "fanciful, fantastic," sense became pejorative after mid-18c. Related: Grotesquely; grotesqueness.