Definition of Kafkaesque adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Kafkaesque

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌkæfkəˈesk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæfkəˈesk//
 
 
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used to describe a situation that is confusing and frightening, especially one involving complicated official rules and systems that do not seem to make any sense My attempt to get a new passport turned into a Kafkaesque nightmare. From the name of the Czech writer Franz Kafka, whose novels often describe situations like this.
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