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[ab-sur-di-tee, -zur-] /æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr-/
noun, plural absurdities.
the state or quality of being absurd.
something absurd.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English absurdite (< Middle French) < Late Latin absurditās. See absurd, -ity
Related forms
superabsurdity, noun, plural superabsurdities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • However, fictional humor is slowly giving way to factual absurdities in popular culture, experts say.
  • The fallacies and absurdities in the rest of your piece are even clearer.
  • The article epitomizes the absurdities that seem to be becoming part of scientific exploration.
  • It works for a while but rapidly degenerates into absurdities.
  • The absurdities of the film highlight the more ludicrous overtones of the immigration debate.
  • It can relieve his anxiety and tension, pave the way to friendship and enable him to tolerate his own-and life's-absurdities.
  • It takes an outsider to call attention to the absurdities inherent in our own behavior.
  • All sorts of absurdities, possibilities for error and confusion, blockages and bottlenecks are revealed for all to see.
Word Origin and History for absurdities



late 15c., from Middle French absurdité, from Late Latin absurditatem (nominative absurditas) "dissonance, incongruity," noun of state from Latin absurdus "out of tune;" figuratively "incongruous, silly, senseless," from ab-, intensive prefix, + surdus "dull, deaf, mute" (see susurration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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