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theater of cruelty

noun
1.
a form of surrealist theater originated by Antonin Artaud and emphasizing the cruelty of human existence by portraying sadistic acts and intense suffering.
Origin of theater of cruelty
1950-1955
1950-55; translation of French théâtre de la cruauté
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