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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.
Origin of absurdity
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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Examples from the web for absurdity
  • First there's the inherently ridiculous contradiction-the recognition of absurdity is often funny.
  • Thanks for the laughs all, and for helping me get a firmer grasp on the absurdity of this situation.
  • Norris views the situation with her customary sense of the world's complexity, and absurdity.
  • Aside from the absurdity of the plus, that is patently ridiculous.
  • Tree lets his guard down, even cracks a few jokes about the absurdity of his situation.
  • The absurdity of this claim is obvious to anyone who has ever done research in archives.
  • The absurdity of this half-abolished public holiday has become the source of much confusion, resentment and derision.
  • It is outstanding how many comments there are on the absurdity of this study.
  • The absurdity of dangling from a single rope far above the ferns below was put into perspective quickly.
  • It's easy to joke about the absurdity of the measure.
Word Origin and History for absurdity

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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