- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈsɜːdˌɪz.m̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɝdˌɪz.m̩/, /əbˈsɝdˌɪz.m̩/, /æbˈzɝdˌɪz.m̩/, /əbˈzɝdˌɪz.m̩/
- (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.]
- (countable) Absurdity, something that is absurd
philosophy which holds that the universe is chaotic and irrational
absurdity — see absurdity
- ^ “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 978-0-19-860457-0, page 10.