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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Billed as a scientific method for sorting pukka Indians from a suspected mass of unwanted Bangladeshi intruders, the seemingly banal administrative procedure has instead encoiled millions of people in a cruelly absurdist game. The Economist, "India is declaring millions of its citizens to be foreigners," 11 July 2019 Peterson opts to address the camera directly, rather than using the skits and absurdist jokes common among many of his left-leaning peers. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Samuel Beckett’s absurdist fable about a world-weary yet somehow optimistic woman who just happens to be slowly sinking into a mound of dirt. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "6 Weekend Picks: Beethoven meets the Beatles, Barak Ballet, Dianne Wiest and more," 26 June 2019 Despite the quick foray into traffic and a couple of visits to a local restaurant, the entire film is set inside the couple’s house, where some intentionally absurdist touches liven things up. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 The entire script is packed with line-after-line of absurdist comedy. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’," 13 June 2019 Ordinarily known for his absurdist observational comedy, Gulman began tacitly discussing his lifelong battle with depression onstage with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and now handles the topic openly. Nick Vadala, https://www.inquirer.com, "Need a laugh? These comedians will give you all the giggles on stages in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and beyond," 5 June 2019 The story doesn’t advance so much as thicken, reaching a critical mass of absurdist misapprehensions. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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