absurdist

adjective
ab·​surd·​ist | \-dist \

Definition of absurdist 

: of, relating to, or characterized by the absurd or by absurdism : absurd absurdist literature an absurdist sense of humor

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absurdist noun

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Lethem is in an absurdist, hyperactive mode here, piling contemporary social anxieties on top of a ragged vision of frontier living, and if the results are mixed, the novel is nevertheless packed with surprises and vivid, apocalyptic tableaux. Vogue, "Need a New Read? Here Are the 4 Books We’re Loving Right Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Big Mouth occasionally leans too heavily on absurdist humor, and some of its gags and characters regularly fall flat, but the writers take much bigger risks than Groening does in Disenchantment. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Disenchantment lacks the magic of Netflix’s other animated originals," 7 Aug. 2018 The roboticist didn't expect that the AI would start producing strange and ominous messages, many of them tinged with absurdist humor. Peter Holley, The Seattle Times, "Roboticist trains AI to tell people their fortunes," 16 Oct. 2018 In paintings evocative of folk art — albeit folk art of an absurdist stripe — Watson pays tribute to the curious memories of her youth in rural Texas, as the daughter of a father who liked to build flying saucers. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Newhart’s comedy — unlike that of his good friend, caustic comedian Don Rickles — was quiet, sly, and absurdist. Travis M. Andrews, BostonGlobe.com, "How Newhart’s ‘quietly revolutionary’ sitcom changed TV," 3 May 2018 In his absurdist comedy Sorry to Bother You, which makes its nationwide debut today, writer-director Boots Riley turns the Bay Area into an eerie labyrinth. Max Cea, Billboard, "'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley on Working With Tune-Yards and Breaking the Rules of Soundtracks," 13 July 2018 The absurdist parable set is in a dystopian alternate timeline and world that look and feel very much like ours, but slightly off. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ skewers corporate and cultural corruption," 12 July 2018 Its realism shows white colonizers preparing for an attack by natives, but the absurdist composition reveals the injustice of their cause. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century’ Review: Trying to Corral the Uncorralable," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of absurdist

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absurdist

absurd entry 1 + -ist entry 1 (probably after French absurdiste)

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Abū al-Qāsim

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