Word of the Day: Existential

ex-is-ten-tial / eg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shəl




  1. of or relating to the state of being or existing

We are always doing something to cover up our basic existential anxiety.

Charlotte Joko Beck, 1917-2011


  1. grounded or based in the experience of being

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1921-1990


  1. having a place or being in time and space

The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.

Victor E. Frankl, 1905-1997