Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Holding or based on the view that human endeavor is futile.
  • n. One who holds the view that human endeavor is futile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the opinion that all human activity is futile
  • n. a person with such views

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Devoted to worthless or useless pursuits, aims, or the like.
  • n. A person given to useless or worthless pursuits.

Etymologies

futilit(y) + -arian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
c 1830 Blend of futility and utilitarianism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Winnie, Beckett’s "hopeful futilitarian" is buried up to her waist in the earth, woken and summoned to bed each day by the same disembodied bell.

    Audio Interview with actress Tanja Jacobs on playing Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days

  • Grade: C Born helpless, nude and unable to provide for himself, Lore Sjöberg eventually overcame these handicaps to become a futurist, a futurologist and a futilitarian.

    Lore Sj

  • In America the silence was more oppressive than the ignorance; but perhaps elsewhere the world might still hide some haunt of futilitarian silence where content reigned, —although long search had not revealed it, —and so the pilgrimage began anew!

    Silence (1894–1898)

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  • one who believes that human striving is futile ... maybe just a bit..

    October 25, 2007