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absurd +‎ -ism (doctrine, theory)

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absurdism (usually uncountable, plural absurdisms)

  1. (uncountable, philosophy) A philosophy which holds that the universe is chaotic and irrational and that any attempt to impose order will ultimately fail. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
  2. (countable) Absurdity, something that is absurd
    • 2004, Gerard Jones, Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book, →ISBN, page 113:
      Henri Duval is a swashbuckling adventure with an absurdism straight out of Douglas Fairbanks: Siegel makes his hero a dandy who draws swords on men who insult his clothes.

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  1. ^ “absurdism” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 10.