Grand Guignol

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Grand Gui·gnol

 (gräN gē-nyôl′)
Drama that emphasizes the horrifying or the macabre.

[After Le Grand Guignol, a theater in Paris.]
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Grand Guignol

(ɡrɑ̃ ɡiɲɔl)
a. a brief sensational play intended to horrify
b. (modifier) of, relating to, or like plays of this kind
[C20: after Le Grand Guignol, a small theatre in Montmartre, Paris]
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Grand Gui•gnol

(Fr. grɑ̃ giˈnyɔl)
1. a short drama stressing horror and sensationalism.
2. of, pertaining to, or resembling such a drama.
[1905–10; after Le Grand Guignol, small theater in Paris where such dramas were performed]
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Grand Guignol

1. A French term for a play that is intended to horrify the audience, from the name of a theater in Paris that specialized in plays of this kind.
2. A French total horror genre.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Grand Guignol - a play of a macabre or horrific nature
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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