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absurd

[ab-surd, -zurd] /æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd/
adjective
1.
utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false:
an absurd explanation.
noun
2.
the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
Origin of absurd
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd
Related forms
absurdly, adverb
absurdness, noun
superabsurd, adjective
superabsurdly, adverb
superabsurdness, noun
Synonyms
1. irrational, silly, ludicrous, nonsensical. Absurd, ridiculous, preposterous all mean inconsistent with reason or common sense. Absurd means utterly opposed to truth or reason: an absurd claim. Ridiculous implies that something is fit only to be laughed at, perhaps contemptuously: a ridiculous suggestion. Preposterous implies an extreme of foolishness: a preposterous proposal.
Antonyms
1. logical, sensible.
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  • The absurd name "dog" having been given on account of its "bark."

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • This thing of marriage being the end of all things was absurd.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • One might think that she was frightened, but with him—that was absurd.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Having gone so far into the scheme, it was absurd to let a trifle stop me.

    Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for absurd

absurd

/əbˈsɜːd/
adjective
1.
at variance with reason; manifestly false
2.
ludicrous; ridiculous
noun
3.
(sometimes capital) (philosophy) the absurd, the conception of the world, esp in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless
Derived Forms
absurdity, absurdness, noun
absurdly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct
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Word Origin and History for absurd
adj.

1550s, from Middle French absurde (16c.), from Latin absurdus "out of tune; foolish" (see absurdity). The main modern sense (also present in Latin) is a figurative one, "out of harmony with reason or propriety." Related: Absurdly; absurdness.

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