theater of the absurd

noun phrase

: theater that seeks to represent the absurdity of human existence in a meaningless universe by bizarre or fantastic means

Examples of theater of the absurd in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of theater of the absurd was in 1961

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“Theater of the absurd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theater%20of%20the%20absurd. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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