Apishness - definition of apishness by The Free Dictionary
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1. Resembling an ape.
2. Slavishly or foolishly imitative: an apish impersonation.
3. Silly; outlandish.
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The seriousness is observed from the complex symbolism of the mask: then the use of parody, caricature, grimaces and apishness
, ingredients of the grotesque (SILVA, 2009).
I quote this passage at length because the references to apishness
, bestiality, and savagery play such a central role in Primitive.
Far from denoting an innovation in style, "personation"--as opposed to apishness
or mimicry--positions the critiquing actor against his rivals.