Definition of "existentialism" [ex•is•ten•tial•ism]

  • A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts. (noun)

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Use "existentialism" in a sentence
  • "Dostoevsky once wrote: “If God did not exist, everything would be permitted”; and that, for existentialism, is the starting point."
  • "My existentialism is about always, always seeing it as one's own choice at the end of the day."
  • "and that my friends is your latest lesson in Polish existentialism"