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existentialism

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌeɡ.zɪˈsten.ʃəl.ɪ.zəm/ specialized
a system of ideas made famous by Jean Paul Sartre in the 1940s in which the world has no meaning and each person is alone and completely responsible for their own actions, by which they make their own character
existential
adjective uk   us   /əl/ (also existentialist)
an existential/existentialist argument/philosopher
existentialist
noun [C] uk   us   /-ɪst/
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