For example, let's say I see a homeless man and woman eating scraps of food next to a garbage fire to keep warm and I say to my friend, "Must be date night" (with undertones of "This is a sad world"). Looking for an adjective, preferably.

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try "kafkaesque"

"You don't give up, you don't lie down and die. What you do is struggle against this with all of your equipment, with whatever you have. But of course you don't stand a chance. That's Kafkaesque."

  • @Tyler glad to be of help! :) Aug 18, 2014 at 12:36
  • I would suggest use "Kafkaesque" exclusively in non-fiction writing. In fiction, mentioning "reading" or other "authors" breaks the reader's suspension of disbelief.
    – MXMLLN
    Jan 12, 2020 at 15:51

Satire is clearly the form. The adjective may be sardonic. The overall sense is cynical.

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