• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Grimaced Distorted; crabbed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Grimaced with a grimace: distorted
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  • Thomas Hobbes
    “Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; of uncertain origin, perh. from Ice. gríma, a mask.


In literature:

His lips drew back, disclosing long dark teeth and sickly gums, in a grimace of fury.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
In the darkness Fuselli could almost see the girl's face grimacing with its broad impertinent lips.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
He made a horrible grimace at me.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
The thin, bony, and slightly tumefied head, wore a grimace.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
Daniel, in the background, was grimacing and shaking his head.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Ad-Visor's expression of blank apology, eked out with a bow and a grimace, belied the busy-working mind within.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
I shall be angry,' she added with a little coquettish grimace, and she pouted.
"On the Eve" by Ivan Turgenev
He could see the pianist sitting down to play the Moonlight Sonata, and the grimaces of Mme.
"Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust
The King was greatly annoyed at having to stay and see a visitor at such a time, and pulled off his hunting boots again with many grimaces.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Mr. Polly made a convulsing grimace at her.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells

In poetry:

There is the vain, derisive smile,
Of cynical conceit;
The drunken leer, the grimace vile,
Of lives with crime replete.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
Hope mocked me from the pallid sky.
And whither I should flee, or whence
Had fled, I knew not. Like one grin
The grey, grimacing tide swept in;
"Nightmare" by E J Rupert Atkinson
A wit without sense, without fancy a beau,
Like a parrot he chatters, and struts like a crow;
A peacock in pride, in grimace a baboon,
In courage a hind, in conceit a Gascon.
""From the man whom I love, though my heart I disguise,"" by Tobias Smollett
The fields quivering, the skyline a grimace,
At any second to bang and vanish with a flap;
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly. The house
"Wind" by Ted Hughes
A large crown of thorns on his head, next, was plac'd,
And he with a robe of fine scarlet was grac'd,
On the knee, with mock homage, he then was ador'd;
With blows and grimace they insulted the Lord.
"A Rehearsal Of Christ's Love Towards The World" by Rees Prichard
Methinks I see you, newly risen
From your embroider'd Bed and pissing,
With studied mien and much grimace,
Present yourself before your glass,
To vanish and smooth o'er those graces,
You rubb'd off in your Night Embraces.
"Portsmouth's Looking Glass" by Lord John Wilmot

In news:

Few things make us grimace as much as cuts in state funding for education.
Enlarge Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger Yankees' Robinson Cano grimaces after swinging at a bad pitch in the 6th inning.
Payne's face showed a momentary grimace, as if the question pained him.
Huskies quarterback Keith Price grimaces while checking out the scoreboard during Oregon's 52-21 whipping of Washington on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. QB seeks return to high notes of last season.
That smile isn't just any old beauty-pageant grimace.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong grimacing during a news conference.
CBID board member and part-time developer Kevin Grimac supports strategic, big-money grants for "catalyst" projects that provide noticeable economic ripple effects.
CBID board member and part-time developer Kevin Grimac supports strategic, big-money grants for " catalyst " projects that provide noticeable economic ripple effects.
Chamberlain 's arm immediately fell to his side, and he grimaced in pain, taking more than a few minutes to walk around the field and steady himself.
Sir Paul will be seen grimacing as Desperate Dan squeezes his fingers in a firm handshake, after which McCartney leads 50 of the comic 's most famous characters in a sing-a-long of the Beatles' hit Hey Jude.
I grimaced at the tiny slip of paper in my hand.
Vocabulary ' report card ': 'Urbane' stumps 8th-graders, 'grimace' doesn't.
The sad, stressed-out grimaces that surely can't instill confidence in their players should they glance toward the bench.
When asked why he was grimacing, the dad of eight, 32, told Entertainment Tonight: "It's cold outside.".
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong grimacing during a news conference after the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon in Galveston.

In science:

The humorous effect is caused not only by ”wit” discussed above, but also by the ”comic” (exaggerated movements of a clown, grimaces, caricatures, parodies and so on).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm