ab·​surd·​ism | \ əb-ˈsər-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce absurdism (audio) , -ˈzər- How to pronounce absurdism (audio) \

Definition of absurdism

: a philosophy based on the belief that the universe is irrational and meaningless and that the search for order brings the individual into conflict with the universe — compare existentialism

Examples of absurdism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the funniest movie on this entire list is Wet Hot American Summer, which came out to mixed/negative reviews but has since become a universally-beloved comedy/absurdism classic. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 Led by the excellent, hang-dog Monaghan, a top theater performer, the entire cast nails helmer Doherty’s tone of deadpan absurdism that wouldn’t be out of place in an Aki Kaurismaki film, although there’s far more dialogue here. Alissa Simon, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 Yet the film still has a sense of anarchic absurdism, an I-can’t-believe-I-just-saw-that feeling of shock and delight. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 And yet, unlike Gilliam’s masterpiece, Dupontel brings an unwieldy mix of absurdism and sentimentality to his critique of our technology dependance, mistrust of authority and loss of purpose in the modern world. Mark Keizer, Variety, 24 Dec. 2021 His first novel is a comic but compassionate exploration of race, sexuality and religious hypocrisy that tempers its outrage with absurdism. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 While the Dead’s songs embrace many qualities, absurdism is, most decidedly, not one of them. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 At times, the authorities’ dedication to the veneer of public engagement verged on absurdism. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 As an oratorical afterthought in distinguishing absurdism from fascism, Bill delivers a Sieg Heil salute. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of absurdism

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absurdism

absurd entry 1 + -ism (probably after French absurdisme)

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“Absurdism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absurdism. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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