Origin of kabuki
Examples from the Web for kabuki
Their righteous outbursts represent an ancient and unctuous form of Kabuki theater.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?|Steve Almond|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the moralizing and gravitas that accompanies a star player being arrested should be viewed as a form of Kabuki theater.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.|Steve Almond|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lunch with Peter Kaplan—a ritual as stylized as Kabuki, minus the face paint.
Instead this hate-fueled game of Kabuki continues, and the Pentagon is denied a new leader with a NATO summit just days away.The Republicans’ Ugly and Shameful Chuck Hagel Filibuster|John Avlon|February 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This congressional Kabuki is killing us, because it masks a more fundamental problem.
British Dictionary definitions for kabuki
Word Origin for kabuki
Word Origin and History for kabuki
1896, from Japanese, popular theater (as opposed to shadow puppet-plays or lyrical Noh dramas), literally "art of song and dance," from ka "song" + bu "dance" + ki "art, skill" [Barnhart, OED]. Alternative etymology (in Webster's) is from nominal form of kabuku "to be divergent, to deviate," from early opinion of this form of drama. Since c.1650, all parts are played by males.