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Dada (ˈdɑːdɑː or or Dadaism (ˈdɑːdɑːˌɪzəm



  1. a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria

Derived Forms

ˈDadaist  noun, adjective
ˌDadaˈistic  adjective
ˌDadaˈistically  adverb

Word Origin

C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen

Example Sentences Including 'Dada'

All I had to do was be the right person, the expected, awaited, beloved Dada.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children
Its founder was Simon Guttman, a Hungarian Jew and one of a group of intellectuals who had started the German Dada movement.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura


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