existentialist

noun
ex·is·ten·tial·ist | \ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shə-list, 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 \ adjective
existentialistically \ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˌsten(t)-shə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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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 The Warriors had created a league of existentialists. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Golden State Warriors Have Made the NBA Better," 27 May 2018 What: In Good Company presents Jean Genet's classic existentialist drama about a pair of housemaids fantasizing about to killing their employer. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Intense production makes rare staging of Genet's 'The Maids' a standout," 1 June 2018 These difficult thoughts, most dramatically of death, have for Mr. Marino and his existentialists a galvanizing force. John Kaag, WSJ, "‘The Existentialist’s Survival Guide’ Review: Choose Your Own Adventure," 10 May 2018 His philosophy has been adopted by Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Muslims, everyone from New Age thinkers to existentialists like Jean Paul Sartre, folks at odds with one another but sharing an attraction to his cosmic vision. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'Dangerous Mystic': A true, gripping tale of a man's perilous search for God," 6 Apr. 2018 No Exit Real Art Daily Productions stages Sartre's existentialist fable about three strangers locked in a room together for all eternity. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, March 11-18: 'An Undivided Heart,' 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music' and more," 11 Mar. 2018 Bakewell’s history, one of the Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2016, serves as a collective biography of a half-dozen preeminent existentialist philosophers, including Heidegger, Sartre and de Beauvoir. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 1 Sep. 2017 Yes, it's named for the French existentialist philosopher. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "4 things to know about Sartre Restaurant coming to OTR," 13 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Noun

1930, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1895, in the meaning defined above

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