ab·​surd·​ist | \ əb-ˈsər-dist How to pronounce absurdist (audio) , -ˈzər- \

Definition of absurdist

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

Other Words from absurdist

absurdist noun

Examples of absurdist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The subjects are often absurdist, but the style is predominantly realistic, with occasional expressionist flourishes. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 In late April, 100 Gecs, the electronic pop absurdist duo, hosted a virtual concert called #Square Garden on Minecraft featuring Charli XCX, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco and Kero Kero Bonito. Daisy Prince, New York Times, 27 May 2020 Over four compact seasons, Catastrophe tackles subjects from aging parents to addiction to abnormal pap smears, but its affirming, absurdist sense of humor is always in the foreground. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 24 May 2020 His absurdist, symbolic melodrama about good and evil confounded critics. CBS News, 24 Mar. 2020 In this moving and absurdist novel, three generations of polar bears describe their lives as circus performer, ballet dancer and writer. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2019 Quentin Dupieux’s glum absurdist fable gives absurdism a bad name. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2020 Amid coronavirus’s virulent march, lockdowns, protests against lockdowns, and daily White House briefings that feel disconnected from the experiences of everyday Americans, everything feels absurdist. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 29 Apr. 2020 In Shepard Fairey’s three decades on the street-art scene, his work has evolved from absurdist skate punk joke to guerrilla political activism to widespread critical acclaim. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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“Absurdist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absurdist. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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