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In existentialist philosophy the meaningless of human life and activity. An absurdist is one who positively affirms the absence of purpose in man's existence on earth. Linked to a denial of God's existence, absurdism sees no finality at work in the universe and reduces all events in the world, including man's deepest thoughts and affections, to a blank irrationality. (Etym. Latin ab, from + surdus, deaf, inaudible, harsh: absurdus, inharmonious, foolish.)