Kafkaesque


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Kaf·ka·esque

 (käf′kə-ĕsk′)
adj.
1. Of or relating to Franz Kafka or his writings.
2. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: "Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport ... haunt his innocence" (New Yorker).

Kaf•ka•esque

(ˌkɑf kəˈɛsk)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the writings of Franz Kafka.
2. marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Kafkaesque - relating to or in the manner of Franz Kafka or his writings
2.kafkaesque - characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger; "the kafkaesque terror of the endless interrogations"
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"
Translations
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Kafkaesque

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