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 (əb-sûr′dĭz-əm, -zûr′-)
1. A philosophy, often translated into art forms, holding that humans exist in a meaningless, irrational universe and that any search for order by them will bring them into direct conflict with this universe: "True absurdism is not less but more real than reality" (John Simon).
2. An act or instance of the ridiculous: "This strained conceit never quite locates screen equivalents for the stage absurdisms" (Village Voice).

ab·surd′ist adj. & n.
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the belief that life is meaningless and that all attempts to understand the universe are doomed to fail
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(æbˈsɜr dɪz əm, -ˈzɜr-)

the philosophic and literary doctrine that humans live essentially isolated in a meaningless and irrational world.
ab•surd′ist, n., adj.
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