absurdism

absurdism
noun Date: 1946 a philosophy based on the belief that the universe is irrational and meaningless and that the search for order brings the individual into conflict with the universe — compare existentialism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • absurdism — /əbˈsɜdɪzəm/ (say uhb serdizuhm) noun 1. surrealism or irrationality as evidenced in real life situations or in fiction, similar in quality to that portrayed in theatre of the absurd. 2. an instance of absurdism. –absurdist, adjective, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • absurdism — /ab serr diz euhm, zerr /, n. the philosophical and literary doctrine that human beings live in essential isolation in a meaningless and irrational world. [1945 50; ABSURD + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • absurdism — doctrine that we live in an irrational universe Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • absurdism — É™b sÉœrdɪzm /É™b sɜːd n. irrationality; philosophy based on belief that the universe is irrational and meaningless …   English contemporary dictionary

  • absurdism — noun the belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe. Derivatives absurdist adjective &noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • absurdism — ab·surd·ism …   English syllables

  • absurdism — ab•surd•ism [[t]æbˈsɜr dɪz əm, ˈzɜr [/t]] n. lit.+pho the philosophic and literary doctrine that humans live essentially isolated in a meaningless and irrational world • Etymology: 1945–50 ab•surd′ist, n. adj …   From formal English to slang

  • absurdism — əbˈsərdˌizəm, ab , ˈz noun ( s) Etymology: absurd (herein) + ism : a philosophy based on the belief that man exists in an irrational and meaningless universe and that his search for order brings him into conflict with his universe …   Useful english dictionary

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