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Kafkaesque

[kahf-kuh-esk] /ˌkɑf kəˈɛsk/
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 of Kafkaesque
1945-1950
1945-50 Kafka + -esque
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  • It is a Kafkaesque, sealed universe in which nothing is, as it appears to be.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
Word Origin and History for Kafkaesque
adj.

1947, resembling situations from the writings of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German-speaking Jewish novelist born in Prague, Austria-Hungary. The surname is Czech German, literally "jackdaw," imitative.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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