Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ABSURD

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.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Improving the Church 6 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 2: The Impact of Grace 8 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith? The Problem of the New Evangelization April 14
Significant Items on the Verge of Holy Week April 11
How same-sex marriage erodes personal freedom and enhances state power April 11

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days