A person who believes that human hopes are vain, and human strivings unjustified.
Believing that human hopes are vain, and human strivings unjustified.
A lot of artists in America tend to be self-deprecating futilitarians , because we’ve grown up in a culture in which art doesn’t matter except, occasionally, as a high-end investment. — Tim Kreider, “When Art Is Dangerous (or Not),” New York Times, January 10, 2015
Futilitarian is a humorous blend of futile and utilitarian. The word was coined in scorn for the utilitarian philosophy for the jurist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and the philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-73). Futilitarian entered English in the 19th century.