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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Other Words from absurdist

absurdist noun

Examples of absurdist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Partying on Minecraft, in a Replica of a Brooklyn Club," 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, "25 TV Shows for Short Attention Spans," 24 May 2020 His absurdist, symbolic melodrama about good and evil confounded critics. CBS News, "Terrence McNally, one of America's great playwrights, has died at 81 of complications from coronavirus," 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, "Perumal Murugan said his career as a novelist was dead. Lucky for us, he was wrong.," 26 Nov. 2019 Quentin Dupieux’s glum absurdist fable gives absurdism a bad name. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Deerskin’ Review: The Jacket Makes the Man," 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, "An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need," 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, "Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 At the time, he was obsessed with absurdist writers and figured that in children’s literature, that style of writing was par for the course. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "Louis Sachar returns to wacky Wayside School more than 40 years after ‘Sideways Stories’," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of absurdist was in 1946

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“Absurdist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absurdist. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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