- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of Franz Kafka: the Kafkaesque terror of the endless interrogations.
- marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
Origin of Kafkaesque
Examples from the Web for kafkaesque
Political pressure, economic resources and the ability to navigate into a Kafkaesque bureaucracy play a determinant role.In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official Recognition
November 14, 2013
He emerges from the horrors with a Kafkaesque account of life in the Chinese jails.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 3, 2013
Nicholas Mancusi, Jimmy So
June 3, 2013
Frederick Deknatel on the vulgar Kafkaesque genius of Sonallah Ibrahim.Egypt’s Conscience: The Genius of Sonallah Ibrahim
May 9, 2013
David Choe must have had a Kafkaesque morning, waking up to find himself changed in his bed into a monstrous millionaire.David Choe, Facebook’s Millionaire Graffiti Artist
February 3, 2012
Yet if his lonely experience in prison could be called Kafkaesque, then so too could his life before he was sentenced.Freed Egyptian Blogger Vows to Keep Up His Opposition to the Ruling Generals
January 30, 2012
It is a Kafkaesque, sealed universe in which nothing is, as it appears to be.After the Rain
Word Origin and History for kafkaesque
1947, resembling situations from the writings of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German-speaking Jewish novelist born in Prague, Austria-Hungary. The surname is Czech German, literally "jackdaw," imitative.