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a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless

inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense

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2) But even some existentialist philosophers take "absurd" in a limited way; for example, when Jean-Paul Sartre claims in Being and Nothingness that waiting "takes on retrospectively the character of absurdity" (560), he intends to say that any waiting turns out to be meaningless, and that since our life is "being made up not only of waitings but of waitings which themselves wait for waitings" (558), we can extend the pointlessness to our existence: "It is absurd that we are born; it is absurd that we die" (567).
Camus's conception of the absurd provides the second historical example and a move to writings that more emphasize thematic content.
All in all, Fowles's ideas in connection with this philosophical movement may be said to have evolved from a pessimistic conception of the world, with an important presence of Camus's work, very much in the line of Samuel Beckett and the Theatre of the Absurd, towards a more optimistic and positive conception of existence already perceptible in The French Lieutenant's Woman, 1969, and made manifest in Daniel Martin, 1977.
With the popular success of Growing Up Absurd, Goodman had become a hero to radicals 30 years his junior.
Of course, energetic economic activity always produces absurd buildings as well as fine ones: the most absurd will be out of fashion soon, and be replaced when they are seen by new generations for what they are.
But fellow referee Chris Heaton-Harris, also Tory Euro-MP for the East Midlands, says such a low age restriction is absurd.
Phenomena observed inherent skewing chaos seething empiricisms reveal inate ironies embedded in physical data natural anomalies subtlety imbued not anthroimpositions but preexisting eons ago logical inconsistancies mathematically absurd, but yet not absurd, conditions mutually exclusive, but yet not so.
When caught in a lie, as this regime now finds itself, any defense, no matter how absurd, begins to look good in the face of next year's elections.
There can be such a thing as an absurd existence, but it is not a universal condition, and it is the job of those whose life is not absurd to help those whose life is meaningless.
This is the introductory statement to one of Absurd Math's most interesting puzzles, Players are required to use problem-solving skills to find out who lives on the floor while dealing with the house detective and learning about flesh-eating bacteria.
It sounds absurd but nothing about the Continent today seems stable.
STARVING TO DEATH ON $200 MILLION The Short, Absurd Life of The Industry Standard by James Ledbetter Public Affairs, $26.
Durkin: How do you recognize absurd testimony when it sounds logical?
Despite his denials, he was repeatedly accused of having a "hidden agenda" on abortion, gun control and similar social issues--a charge that was simultaneously absurd and true.
Exactly why The Rep's artistic director Bill Alexander has chosen Absurd Singular Person as his swansong is a mystery.