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  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of Franz Kafka: the Kafkaesque terror of the endless interrogations.
  2. marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
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Origin of Kafkaesque

1945–50 Kafka + -esque
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  • It is a Kafkaesque, sealed universe in which nothing is, as it appears to be.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

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.

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