[kahf-kuh-esk] /ˌkɑf kəˈɛsk/

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.

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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