[ ab-sur-dist, -zur- ]


  1. of, relating to, or dealing with absurdism or the absurd.


  1. an adherent of absurdism, especially a writer whose work is characterized by absurdist ideas.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of absurdist1

First recorded in 1950–55; absurd + -ist

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Example Sentences

The stories are absurdist little morsels that make you think deeply about dealing with loss, hardship, and isolation.

Yes, he’s a player in an absurdist Shakespearean comedy, but this Bottom chap looks like the real deal.

From Fortune

Animaniacs was, in the end, a pretty weird show, equal parts absurdist and educational.

So it became the sort of farcical, absurdist thing where the country said this technological service was blocked—but it wasn’t able to block it.

If the sleeping brain is forever screening the sometimes absurdist movies that are our dreams, it’s no surprise that now and then it would choose a horror film.

From Time

Their focus was less explicitly political and more absurdist.

But Dave and his crew kept living the nightmare and probing the depths of depravity through their absurdist, folk-art horror-show.

Blasim is not the kind of post-modern absurdist who trades in forced, inconsequential whimsy.

Thumb to any given page, and the array is stunning and absurdist.

In the 1960s, the great abstractionist reveled in making absurdist pictures of (almost) nothing.