theater of the absurd


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theater of the absurd

n.
A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development.

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n.
theater in which naturalistic conventions of plot and characterization are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrationality of existence and the isolation of humanity.

theater of the absurd

A type of drama that tries to portray the absurdity of human life using illogical, meaningless, and deliberately confusing action and dialogue.
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Noun1.theater of the absurd - plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless; "Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco have written plays for the theater of the absurd"
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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This is a continuation of the theater of the absurd," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (http://www.
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