Kafkaesque

Kafkaesque

[kahf-kuh-esk]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of Franz Kafka: the Kafkaesque terror of the endless interrogations.
2.
marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies.

Origin:
1945–50 Kafka + -esque

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Kafka (ˈkæfkə, Czech ˈkafka)
 
n
Franz (frants). 1883--1924, Czech novelist writing in German. In his two main novels The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926), published posthumously against his wishes, he portrays man's fear, isolation, and bewilderment in a nightmarish dehumanized world
 
Kafkaesque
 
adj

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Kafkaesque
1947, resembling situations from the writings of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German-speaking Jewish novelist born in Prague, Austria-Hungary.
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