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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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