Definition of absurdism in US English:

absurdism

noun

  • 1Intentionally ridiculous or bizarre behavior or character.

    ‘the absurdism of the Dada movement’
    • ‘Trading in a unique mix of absurdism and knowingly ancient music hall puns, slapstick, and gentle songs, the Gang was an essentially theatrical phenomenon.’
    • ‘He uses various comic conventions such as satire, farce, absurdism, and irony to attack widely divergent cultural philosophies, politics, and ethics.’
    • ‘The satire seems a bit vanilla but it's a family film so I'm not expecting total absurdism.’
    • ‘But in spite of some of the absurdism of this screenplay, it's really an intimate, fairly direct examination of self-awareness.’
    • ‘The early '90s series was a glorious slice of absurdism that featured sketches about people eating Muppets and delivering tacos instead of mail.’
    • ‘However, the serious subject matter is often played for laughs rather than the absurdism it requires.’
    • ‘As the work proceeds, it begins to transcend its own absurdism.’
    • ‘Adams' innovation was to adapt the absurdism of Monty Python to the venue that best suited it.’
    • ‘I first encountered Wright when I was a nerdy teenager, and thought his unique style of clever deadpan absurdism was just about the coolest thing ever.’
    • ‘Some people just don't get this film and believe that the Coens are trotting out weak absurdism to disguise and buttress a genre storyline.’
  • 2The belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe.

    • ‘I understand the argument that Kafka's writing and his place in the history of existentialism helped to pave the way for absurdism in theatre, but absurdist plays work best when they make us laugh.’
    • ‘This little nugget of absurdism would be downright ingenious were it intentional but regrettably, any similarity to actual postmodern intellectual thought is purely coincidental.’
    • ‘Early in his career, Pinter denied that he wrote symbolically, partly because critics tried to associate him with absurdism.’
    • ‘Under the influence of European absurdism, the climate of contemporary American theater has shifted.’
    • ‘He uses various comic conventions such as satire, farce, absurdism, and irony to attack widely divergent cultural philosophies, politics, and ethics as well as social, moral, and racial biases.’
    • ‘Sterns personifies the quirky absurdism of her writing.’
    • ‘It's got sex, violence, absurdism, politics (including a wicked parody of Western European and American leaders) and lots and lots of drugs.’
    • ‘‘Maria Maria Maria’ is simply gorgeous - a dark, reverb-soaked slab of despondency with a lyrical combination of absurdism and sincerity that could only have come from Merritt.’
    • ‘David Lynch used the same technique of dramatically over-extended emotion to telling effect in Twin Peaks, but both contemporary satirists have really borrowed the idea from the high avatar of absurdism Samuel Beckett.’
    • ‘The detective story is superficially part of the hard-boiled tradition, but a vein of absurdism, a hint of Kafka, distorts the naturalism.’
    • ‘Mud, River, Stone makes light of reality without transporting us to realms of poetry, philosophy, or absurdism where this would no longer matter.’
    • ‘Gain is novelist Richard Powers's attempt to make up this lost ground in one great pole vault; to loft the novel of American enterprise over the old swamps of socialism, Darwinism, and absurdism into a new place.’
    • ‘Full of witty non-sequiturs and theatre in-jokes, the play has long had an enthusiastic following, but does its existential absurdism survive the leap from the stage to the screen?’
    • ‘It is tarted up with shopworn absurdism, as when a moronic computer programmer jumps off that roof only to reappear without explanation to continue being moronic.’
    • ‘The most obvious link with Beckett is absurdism.’
    • ‘Trading in a unique mix of absurdism and knowingly ancient music hall puns and wheezes, slapstick, cross-talk and gentle songs, the Gang was an essentially theatrical phenomenon.’
    • ‘Blood Sonata is born of Artaud's theatre of cruelty and raised on Beckett's absurdism: it is not about anything.’
    • ‘Chaplin's appeal was perhaps a bit more audience-pleasing; certainly, he was much more sentimental than Keaton, whose predilection for absurdism ultimately led to collaborations with existentialist Samuel Beckett.’
    • ‘Design, costume, acting, and theatrical bells and whistles made for an impressive production, turning what could have been an arid treatise on French existentialism into a vivid piece of camp absurdism.’
    • ‘Dada is as extinct as the dodo, and absurdism (which, by the way, never called itself that) gave Surrealism a different spin.’

Pronunciation

absurdism

/-ˈzərd-/