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Gri*mace" (grĭm"ĭs or grĭ*m&ā;s"), n. [F., prob. of Teutonic origin; cf. AS. gr&ī;ma mask, specter, Icel. gr&ī;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.
Moving his face into such a hideous grimace, that every feature of it appeared under a different distortion. Addison.
&hand_; “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, éclaircissement, embarras, équivoque, foible, grimace, na&ï;vete, ridicule. All these words, which she learns by heart to use occasionally, are now in common use.” I. Disraeli.
Gri*mace", v. i. To make grimaces; to distort one's face; to make faces. H. Martineau.