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 Their world seems like our own but then, when a dormouse is offered as a snack, becomes almost carnivalesque. James Romm, WSJ, "‘A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Review: Et tu, Brute?," 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, "Why Latinos will play a critical role in determining the election winner in Texas," 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, "What Does Boredom Do to Us—and for Us?," 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, "Nicole Eisenman’s painting perfectly captures the wonderful weirdness of human togetherness," 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,, "Pandemic pizza: Fort Lauderdale pizzeria The Pig and the Pie pops up inside hamburger joint Brgr Stop," 5 Aug. 2020 Trump's Senate impeachment trial will live up to the carnivalesque expectations that some of us had for it. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Trump is getting the band back together," 17 Jan. 2020 Just as societies need carnivalesque holidays like Mardi Gras to remain healthy, so music requires regular infusions of Dionysian eroticism and violence. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A celebration of the outsiders and outcasts who have made music great," 16 Oct. 2019 From pool parties and wet fetes to the carnivalesque Circo de Soca affair, Ibiza Soca Festival is quickly becoming a soca filled event people will be clawing to get into. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "7 Soca Filled Events That Should Be On Your Radar in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of carnivalesque

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carnivalesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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