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

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absurdist noun

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Owens and Lamy were in town to visit rapper Tommy Cash, the Estonian musician known for his absurdist Soviet-themed dystopian music videos. Vogue, "Rick Owens and Estonian Rapper Tommy Cash Stage a Wonderfully Weird Exhibition," 3 May 2019 Hadid was first seen flaunting a copy of the absurdist French novel, with its famous black and white graphic cover, en route to the Fendi show in Milan last month. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Would You Join the Bella and Gigi Hadid Book Club?," 18 Mar. 2019 The most recent Winnie the Pooh movie, meanwhile, is hilariously absurdist in a way that connects more broadly. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Christopher Robin is a reminder of all the good Pooh movies — including one on Netflix now," 3 Aug. 2018 Tumblr was built around community, around fandom, around viral absurdist meme blogs and street fashion bloggers. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Like Beckett’s most memorable characters, the Elder is drawn from a long tradition of absurdist sages, barely lucid but often wise. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, "In the Brutality of the Chinese Countryside, ‘Mythorealism’ Reigns," 26 Jan. 2018 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

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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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