existentialism [eg-zi-sten-shuh-liz-uh m, ek-si-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun Philosophy. a philosophical attitude associated especially with Heidegger, Jaspers, Marcel, and Sartre, and opposed to rationalism and empiricism, that stresses the individual’s unique position as a self-determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices.
Origin of existentialism 1940–45; German Existentialismus (1919); see, Related formsex·is·ten·tial·ist, adjective, nounex·is·ten·tial·is·tic, adjectiveex·is·ten·tial·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ex·is·ten·tial·ism, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for existentialist Contemporary Examples of existentialist
In the grips of existentialist angst, investors decided to sell stocks and start stowing money under their mattresses.
November 7, 2012
“I consider myself an existentialist and an atheist, and I think that body is what we are,” Cronenberg told The Daily Beast.
November 20, 2011
British Dictionary definitions for existentialist existentialism noun a modern philosophical movement stressing the importance of personal experience and responsibility and the demands that they make on the individual, who is seen as a free agent in a deterministic and seemingly meaningless universe Derived Formsexistentialist, adjective, noun Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for existentialist adj.
1945, from French existentialiste, from existentialisme (1940); see. Related: Existentialistic.
1941, from German Existentialismus (1919), replacing Existentialforhold (1849), ultimately from Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), who wrote (1846) of Existents-Forhold “condition of existence,” existentielle Pathos, etc. (see), and whose name means, literally, “churchyard.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper existentialist in Culture existentialism
A movement in twentieth-century literature and, with some forerunners in earlier centuries. Existentialism stresses that people are entirely free and therefore responsible for what they make of themselves. With this responsibility comes a profound anguish or dread. Søren and Feodor in the nineteenth century, and Jean-Paul , Martin Heidegger, and Albert Camus in the twentieth century, were existentialist writers.
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