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or da·da  (dä′dä)
A European artistic and literary movement (1916-1923) that flouted conventional aesthetic and cultural values by producing works marked by nonsense, travesty, and incongruity.

[French dada, hobbyhorse, Dada, of baby-talk origin.]

Da′da·ism n.
Da′da·ist adj. & n.
Da′da·is′tic adj.


(ˈdɑːdɑː) or


(Art Movements) 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
[C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen]
ˈDadaist n, adj
ˌDadaˈistic adj
ˌDadaˈistically adv


(ˈdɑ dɑ)

a movement in early 20th-century art and literature whose exponents challenged established canons of art, thought, and morality through nihilist works and outrageous behavior.
[1915–20; < French: hobby horse, childish reduplication of da giddyap]
da′da•ism, n.
da′da•ist, n., adj.
da`da•is′tic, adj.
da`da•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.


(c. 1915–23) An art movement originating in Zurich 1915, Dada (the name chosen at random) rejected accepted aesthetic values and advocated an irrational form of non-art or anti-art. Leading figures included the poet Tristan Tzara and the sculptor Jean Arp.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dada - an informal term for a fatherdada - an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
begetter, father, male parent - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
2.dada - a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles


A. Ndada m, dadaísmo m
B. ADJdadaísta


n (Art) → Dada m
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In the exhibition's promotional text, Madra explains that the Dada movement can be considered the basic background for the concepts and aesthetics of contemporary art today.
Famed Swiss musician Franz Treichler will be creating live soundscapes to accompany a selection of 20th-century avant-garde films spanning the Dada movement.
Born in 1889 in Gotha, Hoch spent part of the First World War working for the Red Cross--her studies in Berlin having been necessarily interrupted --participated in the tumultuous Dada movement in the early 1920s, survived the Second World War by retreating to the outskirts of the capital, and worked creatively there until her death in 1978.
Amazingly, however, alongside the suits and ties is a thriving underground that once birthed the Dada movement and now fully embraces its LGBT community.
Actually, the use of found objects in art goes back quite far, to the Dada movement between 1916 and 1923.
I came to have an appreciation for Ernst and the Dada movement of which he was a part.
He was born in Hanover in 1887 and as a young artist was drawn to the Dada movement.
Hoch, of course, was a key figure in the Dada movement who was, at the time, too quickly eclipsed by her companion Raoul Haussman, although today it is Hoch who is more renowned.