Kafkaesque

[ kahf-kuh-esk ]
/ ˌkɑf kəˈɛsk /
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adjective

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

1945–50 Kafka + -esque
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Kafkaesque


adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper