Grimace Gri*mace" (gr[i^]m"[i^]s or gr[i^]*m[=a]s"), n. [F., prob. of Teutonic origin; cf. AS. gr[imac]ma mask, specter, Icel. gr[imac]ma mask, hood, perh. akin to E. grin.] A distortion of the countenance, whether habitual, from affectation, or momentary and occasional, to express some feeling, as contempt, disapprobation, complacency, etc.; a smirk; a made-up face. [1913 Webster]

Moving his face into such a hideous grimace, that every feature of it appeared under a different distortion. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``Half the French words used affectedly by Melantha in Dryden's ``Marriage a-la-Mode,'' as innovations in our language, are now in common use: chagrin, double-entendre, ['e]claircissement, embarras, ['e]quivoque, foible, grimace, na["i]vete, ridicule. All these words, which she learns by heart to use occasionally, are now in common use.'' --I. Disraeli. [1913 Webster]

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