existentialist

noun
ex·​is·​ten·​tial·​ist | \ ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shə-list How to pronounce existentialist (audio) , ˌek-(ˌ)si- \

Definition of existentialist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an adherent of existentialism

existentialist

adjective

Definition of existentialist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to existentialism or existentialists

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Adjective

existentialistic \ ˌeg-​(ˌ)zi-​ˌsten(t)-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce existentialist (audio) \ adjective
existentialistically \ ˌeg-​(ˌ)zi-​ˌsten(t)-​shə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce existentialist (audio) \ adverb

Examples of existentialist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ian Olasov, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College and author of Ask a Philosopher, says it’s easy to understand the connection between fashion and existentialist messaging. Laura Pitcher, refinery29.com, "In 2020 Fashion Became Existential — Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing," 31 Dec. 2020 This is the film in which the existentialist romance is most explicitly linked to the historical moment. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Wong Kar-wai’s Masterpieces of Political Uncertainty," 2 Dec. 2020 Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian is an advice column by a mashup of the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the reality star and fashion maven Kim Kardashian West. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Domestic Jungle Is Where the Heart Is," 20 Oct. 2020 Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian is an advice column by a mashup of the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the reality star and fashion maven Kim Kardashian West. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Domestic Jungle Is Where the Heart Is," 20 Oct. 2020 Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian is an advice column by a mashup of the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the reality star and fashion maven Kim Kardashian West. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Domestic Jungle Is Where the Heart Is," 20 Oct. 2020 Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian is an advice column by a mashup of the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the reality star and fashion maven Kim Kardashian West. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Domestic Jungle Is Where the Heart Is," 20 Oct. 2020 Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian is an advice column by a mashup of the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the reality star and fashion maven Kim Kardashian West. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Gulfstreaming the Emotional Distance," 18 Sep. 2020 Juliette Greco, a French singer, actress, cultural icon and muse to existentialist philosophers of the country’s post-War period, has died, French media said Wednesday. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, "Juliette Greco, French cultural icon who inspired Beatles' song 'Michelle,' dies at 93," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Singer and turtleneck icon Juliette Gréco in 1946 co-founded the Paris club Le Tabou, which became famous for existentialist philosophy and jazz. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "The woke shopper’s one-item Zen gift guide," 23 Nov. 2019 Morality, and its absence, is the novel’s defining theme: in this sense, Sagan is far more of a classicist than others of her existentialist brethren, such as Sartre and Camus. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 Paris was producing existentialist literature, but London had Bacon, the artist of existentialist life, a reckless gambler and homosexual masochist. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Modernists & Mavericks’ Review: Art That Felt Like Reality," 15 June 2018 And certain strands of her more recent work have a meditative, existentialist cast — a reminder of Ms. Piper’s initial hopes for the transcendent potential of abstraction. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Adrian Piper: The Thinking Canvas," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of existentialist

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1930, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Existentialist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/existentialist. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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