American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A European artistic and literary movement (1916-1923) that flouted conventional aesthetic and cultural values by producing works marked by nonsense, travesty, and incongruity.
- n. A cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (mainly poetry), theatre, and graphic design, and was characterized by nihilism, deliberate irrationality, disillusionment, cynicism, chance, randomness, and the rejection of the prevailing standards in art.
- n. a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty
- n. an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
- French dada, hobbyhorse, Dada, of baby-talk origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have a lot of trouble reading things from the DADA class because, well, Dada isn't supposed to make sense, which makes it hard to anylize.”
“The songs are in different styles: opening the album is electronic jazz with dada texts (1-4), by fusion with Dada (5), progrock the epic text describing the modern world (6) to the experience of ethnic and rap, in the end pieces these.”
“A certain Dada-esque absurdity is probably the best contribution to discussions of this nature.”
“Born Idi Amin Dada, he was president of Uganda from 1971-1979.”
“Dada's Dance/China (Director: Zhang Yuan; Screenwriter: Li Xiaofeng) — Dada is a flirtatious young woman who lives with her mother in a small town.”
“Those medical problems have left Beard in a bit of a fix, finance-wise, so on Sunday, Club Dada is hosting a benefit — actually, and awesomely, a Beard-i-fit — to rustle up some extra scratch.”
“I think aloud what make them different form Mugabe, Sani Abacha, Mubarak, Idi Amin Dada or Mobutu?”
“Last week, on the heels of the vice president of the United States 'shooting his hunting buddy in an opera buffa accident right out of "The Pickwick Papers," "Dada" -- a somewhat prim retrospective of modern art's wackiest movement -- opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (It runs through May 14.)”
“Bouquets in hand, the cricket buffs shouted slogans eulogising the former Indian captain and constantly cheered 'Dada', 'Dada' - as Ganguly is lovingly known.”
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