Adjective "kafkaesque" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characteristic or reminiscent of the oppressive or nightmarish qualities of Franz Kafka's fictional world.
  1. 'There, amid a Kafkaesque world of intrigue and betrayal, his medical skills became indispensable to the prison authorities.'
  2. 'Subway (Whitney Museum, New York) is perhaps his most famous work - a terrifying vision of Kafkaesque isolation.'
  3. 'Virtually all were innocent, yet they found themselves in a Kafkaesque legal purgatory of secret evidence and charges that could never be challenged.'
  4. 'The Kafkaesque nightmare of indefinite detention without review has been the hallmark of fascist systems - not of the United States.'
  5. 'Thus begins Symmetry, a Kafkaesque story of Polish prison life.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"sensations can be kafkaesque."

"honeycombs can be kafkaesque."

"fogs can be kafkaesque."

"dungeons can be kafkaesque."

"accuracies can be kafkaesque."

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