Meaning of absurdist in English:


Pronunciation /əbˈsəːdɪst/


  • 1Intentionally ridiculous or bizarre; surreal.

    ‘a delightful piece of absurdist nonsense’
    • ‘Regrettably, the overall effect of the piece was tame—gently absurdist, charming, amusing.’
    • ‘The secret to Green Acres' enduring appeal is its absurdist view of the world.’
    • ‘The outlandish titles appear to contain apocalyptic messages, albeit relayed with absurdist humor.’
    • ‘It's a delightful piece of absurdist nonsense, a sitcom designed to offend highbrow admirers of minimalist dance.’
    • ‘Truly, it is absurdist comedy at its finest.’
    • ‘But the overriding likeness is the fun, almost absurdist sense of humor.’
    • ‘The director stays fairly conventional, reining things in when he could veer off into wonderfully absurdist territory.’
    • ‘What follows is a welcome dose of absurdist humor just when we need it.’
    • ‘It's a rapid-paced mélange of absurdist nonsense stuffed with mad ideas, baffling scenarios, and unlikely characters.’
    • ‘This absurdist children's comedy starred the standup comic as a pizza delivery man.’
  • 2Relating to or supporting the belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe.

    ‘His films are often absurdist and violent, intrinsically drawing on his early life but never dealing directly with it.’
    • ‘Taking to an absurdist extreme the notion that the unique qualities of a medium should dictate its form, he produces three-dimensional objects composed solely of paint.’
    • ‘It is an absurdist drama played out against an almost constructivist background of red, white and blue rectangles.’
    • ‘In an absurdist prose poem he wrote at the time, renewal is associated with class-based oppression.’
    • ‘It instead focuses upon the absurdist horror of one man holding back a tide of blood.’
    • ‘Pataphysics is the absurdist concept of a philosophy or science dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics.’
    • ‘They are examples of the aggressive, absurdist art they advocate.’
    • ‘He based a fictional bomber squadron on the island for his absurdist 1961 book, which became a cult classic.’
    • ‘His eight models are absurdist and visionary monuments to human, societal, and governmental follies, abominations, and questionable policies.’
    • ‘It's easy shuttling between a style of largely absurdist speculation and sudden pockets of very serious assertion.’
    • ‘The thriller plot is fragmented, subsumed in absurdist detail and consistently mapped onto the struggle between body and landscape.’


  • A writer or artist who deals with absurdist themes.

    ‘the French absurdists of the fifties’
    • ‘The serious wackos, the obsessive-compulsive absurdists, may be beyond therapy.’
    • ‘These are fertile times for political absurdists, a fact that's clearly not been lost on them.’
    • ‘The real heroes of the piece are the overthinking absurdists whose apparently humorous pranks stemmed from an eternally uncompromising absolutism.’
    • ‘He turned his science prof into an unhinged dictator in a satire that was later to be championed as a masterpiece by the absurdists.’
    • ‘Absurdists can only laugh so long, until the horror paralyzes them.’
    • ‘It's a party comprised of anarchists, absurdists, activists, practical jokers, perverts, weirdos, maniacs, oddballs, and morons.’
    • ‘His paranoid and nightmarish world became a gold mine for Freudians, existentialists, and absurdists.’
    • ‘Most of the so-called absurdists never bothered to light just one little candle in the darkness of existence, because cursing the darkness had become their poetry.’
    • ‘We keep the tradition of the first Absurdists, who wrote and performed and drew and danced in response to the horror and devastation of world war.’
    • ‘He was initially portrayed as some kind of Pythonesque absurdist.’