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

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The band, which is made of immigrants from Colombia, fuses cumbia, psychedelic rock, afrobeat, dub, parade music, hip-hop, soul and more, making energetic dance music that is steeped in a carnivalesque activist spirit. John Adamian,, "M.A.K.U. Soundsystem’s activist message at Real Art Ways," 14 June 2019 There had been a few days of expert testimony, about the conservation of linear momentum and retrograde extrapolation of blood alcohol content, which had dampened the overall carnivalesque mood. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 But fans from the other 28 countries, such as Axel, have stayed on long after their team’s defeat, to soak up the carnivalesque atmosphere and maximize time with newfound loves. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "At World Cup, Russians embrace the world, one relationship at a time," 9 July 2018 Capping weeks of nationwide strikes, protests and carnivalesque street parties, parliament voted 59 to 42 in favor of Pashinyan. Washington Post, "Armenia’s opposition leader named prime minister, and his supporters erupt in cheers," 12 May 2018 Capping weeks of nationwide strikes, protests, and carnivalesque street parties, Parliament voted 59 to 42 in favor of Pashinyan. Washington Post,, "Armenian Parliament elects opposition leader as prime minister," 8 May 2018 Mr Trump’s carnivalesque approach to the presidency has made life hard for America’s allies, but his first year in office has not brought forth anything like the full horrors that some predicted. The Economist, "CharlemagneSplits over the Iran deal test Europe’s bond with America," 25 Jan. 2018 In the moments after a president gives the State of the Union, Statuary Hall becomes a carnivalesque madhouse. Nash Jenkins, Time, "'Tonight We Got Teleprompter Trump.' Democrats Seethe After State of the Union," 31 Jan. 2018 The Casting of the Magic Bullets Dread piles up early and thickly in this nightmarish, carnivalesque fairy tale at Shotgun Players, with text by William S. Burroughs and music and lyrics by Tom Waits. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of Jan. 7," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of carnivalesque

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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