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Below you will find the definition of gargoyle, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
EXAMPLES - Gargoyle in a Sentence
- And I stop to grab a shot of the western gargoyle. (source)
- A click, and another gargoyle began in another language. (source)
- Unfortunately, my representative is the gargoyle Joe Wilson. (source)
- We're like gargoyle carvers; if that goes away, what else can we do? (source)
- Sculptor's model of the head and forelegs of a lion used as a gargoyle (source)
- First of all, it is necessary to understand what is meant by "gargoyle". (source)
- He sounded almost amused, and the gargoyle face was smiling inquiry at me. (source)
- McCain pops his tongue out of his mouth and looks like a gargoyle for 10 seconds. (source)
- I mean, what am I supposed to think about a state that calls this gargoyle "Uncle Ted"? (source)
- At a recent run-through, host Pat Sajak protruded from the screen like a friendly gargoyle. (source)
- The gargoyle was a born storyteller, and he'd rarely had as appreciative an audience as Hosea. (source)
- Wow, so we're getting pretty close to the full gargoyle setup [see Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson]. (source)
- Also, XUP informs me that the gargoyle is a candle holder as well; I always wondered what that hole was for. (source)
- After that, I asked another staff member where to find the Darth Vader gargoyle on the outside of the cathedral. (source)
- With a few strokes of my mental paintbrush, I altered Gus's features until the gargoyle was the mirror image of myself. (source)
- I'm not entirely sure this is a gargoyle from the French: to gargle as, to be one, it has to have a water spout in its mouth. (source)
- Perched on the edge of Case's worktable like some kind of state of the art gargoyle, he regarded Case and Armitage with hooded eyes. (source)
- A gargoyle is sculpted so that water runs out of its mouth, while a grotesque is sculpted so that water runs off the top it its head. (source)
- The origin of the word gargoyle and its use by the Church can be traced back to a 7th century dragon known in France as gargouille or Goji. (source)
- Things were less fanciful in less exalted quarters, but still ornamented with gargoyle downspouts and carved and glazed friezes of ceramic tiles. (source)
- But the bug-eyed gargoyle of a dog in that scene undermines the apparent piety of it all, like the self-possessed cat in the middle of the orphanage. (source)
- She handed me binoculars and a sheet of instructions, but corrected me that the statue of Darth Vader's face is technically not a gargoyle but a grotesque. (source)
- Some men swear he looks like a Roman, and others liken him to a gargoyle, all of them choosing to ignore the smile that can transform his whole face instantly. (source)
- At first I tried calling him by a different name--I was going to call him Grendel because he looks like a strange little creature and is kind of gargoyle-esque. (source)
- It was rendered in a lustrous gold that caught the light bouncing off the spire, and in such detail that it included a winged gargoyle scowling down at the metropolis. (source)
- The curator, after having been assured by the police that all the death and destruction was on account of some freakish natural occurrence, decided to let the gargoyle stay where he stood. (source)
- They are pieces of the Waldorf-Astoria, the Mormon Temple, the Plaza, the "very front top corner" of the Flatiron building, a gargoyle from the Rodin building and a Cobble Hill cobblestone. (source)
- [Reports of a "gargoyle" creature emerging from Puerto Rico in recent weeks evoke memories of the pre-Chupacabras winged oddities that were seen on that island (1994-1995) and prior to that. (source)
- The Territories house some weird stuff, none of which is explored enough because as soon as the clouds begin to turn and the gargoyle-like creatures come a-runnin ', Jack just wants back out. (source)
- The likely occurrence of an extinction level event caused by the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano does not appear to have jogged the gargoyle-inspired memory of these precious reptilian few. (source)
- One interesting object in the show connecting Egyptian magic to Judeo-Christian tradition is a lion-headed "gargoyle" that most likely adorned a temple dating to the Late (525-332 B.C.) or Ptolemaic (332-30 B.C.) periods. (source)
- On June 20, 1975, Robert Rines obtained two more subsurface photographs southeast of Temple Pier, one showing a "gargoyle" head with apparent horns, and the other the head, neck, and body of a allegedly plesiosaur-like animal. (source)
- She jumped from the Dullahan to the gargoyle; to a satyr who was really charming and jolly if a little lecherous; to an enormous Cyclops who mostly acted like somebody's drunk uncle at a wedding, lurching, spluttering, and grunting. (source)
- He rumbled at her in Apache, indicating me, and she bowed her head submissively; for an awful moment my heart stopped, and then he beckoned me forward, favoured me with another gargoyle stare-and reached out to lay his hand on my shoulder. (source)
- But, MMOs do provide the opportunity to marshal technological resources (such as add-ons in WoW and the like) that could be used to aid the ethnographer (a possible analog is the "gargoyle" from Snow Crash :-), though sort of like having one in the Metaverse). (source)
- For example, the hero at different points in his journey is haunted by a specter, attacked by a giant rattlesnake, waylaid by a beautiful queen, and has to fight a gargoyle and water demon before he can get to the egg, and then the people who own it dont trust him. (source)
- On a spectacular stage that looked like a warped Metropolis flanked by two gargoyle-rimmed platforms, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Don Cheadle, Kelly Osbourne, Mickey Rourke and dozens of other famous faces from some of TV and film's most popular properties treated the crowd to hours of pop-culture indulgence. (source)
- And just watching the Scottish gargoyle gurning on TV this morning about the latest charade over climate change and carbon scams, talking about Europe as if it is now a done deal that Britain in general (and England in particular) is officially subsumed by the European Juggernaut, does nothing to add substance to your denials. (source)
- We shall soon find out, but maybe, if indeed Obama DOES plan a move against the Israeli Genocide, this would be the worst time to tip his hand, before he actually HAS the Power, possibly giving them time to sabotage his presidency (as if having that evil little gargoyle, Rahm Emmanuel sitting on his right shoulder weren't sabotage enough already!), or worse, bump him off before he can even be seated. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "gargoyle" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 13 synonyms for gargoyle.
barbarian, beastie, creature, critter, fiend, glutton, lower animal, monster, monstrosity, pig, quadruped, swine, varmint
We have 0 antonyms for gargoyle.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gargoyle from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A roof spout in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
- (noun) A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.
- (noun) A person of bizarre or grotesque appearance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters.
- (noun) Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.
- (noun) A fictional winged creature.
- (noun) An ugly woman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A spout projecting from the gutter of a building, or connected with it by an opening, for the purpose of carrying off the water clear from the wall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
- (noun) a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal