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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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 Monty Python’s brand of sketch comedy was innovative and absurdist, which will no doubt mean this showbiz turducken will be brimming with self-deprecating jokes and even more meta-meta-commentary. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Fox is turning Monty Python’s Spamalot into a movie for some reason," 4 May 2018 There are also the makings for a plangent absurdist comedy. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "Armenian genocide fuels Rogue Machine's '100 Aprils'," 22 June 2018 The absurdist pieces have been a hit among the fashion crowd for a couple of seasons now and seem to be catching on with celebrities such as Justin Bieber, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wears Summer’s Most Instagrammable Hat," 7 June 2018 Imago Theatre’s Carol Triffle presents her new absurdist work about two girls, one boy, one fallout shelter and a lot of ambiguity at the end of the world. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Arts picks: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'LAX/PDX' art show, 'Fallout' play, more," 6 June 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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