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ab·surd·ism

 (əb-sûr′dĭz-əm, -zûr′-)
n.
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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absurdist

(əbˈsɜːdɪst) literature
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of a play or other work) showing the absurdity of some aspect of society or human behaviour
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a writer in the absurdist genre
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Translations

absurdist

[əbˈsɜːdɪst] ADJ [play, novel] → del absurdo
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absurdist

[əbˈsɜːrdɪst]
adjabsurde
nabsurde m
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absurdist

adj (Liter, Theat) → absurd
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