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absurdity

[ab-sur-di-tee, -zur-] /æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr-/
noun, plural absurdities.
1.
the state or quality of being absurd.
2.
something absurd.
Origin of absurdity
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English absurdite (< Middle French) < Late Latin absurditās. See absurd, -ity
Related forms
superabsurdity, noun, plural superabsurdities.
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n.

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).

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