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dada

[dah-dah] /ˈdɑ dɑ/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploited accidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < French: hobby horse, childish reduplication of da giddyap
Related forms
dadaism, noun
dadaist, noun
dadaistic, adjective
dadaistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dada

Dada

/ˈdɑːdɑː/
noun
1.
a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria
Derived Forms
Dadaist, noun, adjective
Dadaistic, adjective
Dadaistically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen
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Word Origin and History for dada

1920, from French dada "hobbyhorse," child's nonsense word, selected 1916 by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), leader of the movement, for its resemblance to meaningless babble.

Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE. [T. Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]
Related: Dadaist; Dadaism.

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