car·​ni·​val·​esque | \ ˌkär-nə-və-ˈlesk How to pronounce carnivalesque (audio) \

Definition of carnivalesque

1 : suggestive of a carnival a carnivalesque celebration
2 : marked by an often mocking or satirical challenge to authority and the traditional social hierarchy a carnivalesque protest

Examples of carnivalesque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His reporting causes thousands of people to gather at the mountain Minosa is buried under, creating a carnivalesque atmosphere. Steve Larkin, The Week, 1 Apr. 2022 The most interesting Japanese photographers, though, were anxious and angry; their moments were mostly indecisive, and their carnivalesque characters, A-bomb victims, gutter trash, and shocks of light seemed outlandish if not perverse. Leo Rubinfien, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2021 The conferences, sometimes homey and sometimes homely in their setups, were antidotes to the carnivalesque grotesqueries of then-President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 conferences. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 Their world seems like our own but then, when a dormouse is offered as a snack, becomes almost carnivalesque. James Romm, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 There is nothing in politics quite like a Trump Train, said Mike Guevara, a Hispanic Republican candidate for state representative in Texas, referring to the carnivalesque caravans that have revved the campaign’s emotional engine. Jonathan Tilove, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2020 Surely even medieval peasants sometimes stared into the middle distance and sighed over their barley pottage, longing for the next village fête day and a bit of carnivalesque mayhem. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2020 Eisenman has lately funneled much of her perversity into raucous sculptures that answer exactly to the tenor of our ghoulish, carnivalesque politics. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2020 Along with New York-style slices, the pizzeria will boast a menu of 10 eye-popping pies and six hoagies, served alongside Brgr Stop’s usual menu of carnivalesque hamburgers, boozy milkshakes and root-beer-sriracha chicken wings. Phillip Valys,, 5 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of carnivalesque

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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