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[ab-surd, -zurd] /æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd/
utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false:
an absurd explanation.
the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
Origin of absurd
1550-60; < Latin absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd
Related forms
absurdly, adverb
absurdness, noun
superabsurd, adjective
superabsurdly, adverb
superabsurdness, noun
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.
1. logical, sensible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for absurdly
  • The car is absurdly quiet, handles well and has an abundance of power.
  • They've been called awkward, grotesque, and absurdly ridiculous.
  • Though absurdly unscientific even for its time, phrenology was remarkably prescient-up to a point.
  • Science, being the wonder of the ignorant and unskilful, may be not absurdly called a monster.
  • absurdly silly in the latter case, the natural order of things in the former.
  • Better still it would be absurdly easy to do this privately.
  • In such an absurdly twisted environment, people are forced to file complaints and lawsuits to protect themselves.
  • The wealthy in our society are so absurdly wealthy at this point that they are destroying our society.
  • The cost estimates became part of the argument against the trial because they seemed so absurdly huge.
  • Their captivity was at times terrifying, at times darkly and absurdly comedic, and often uncertain.
British Dictionary definitions for absurdly


at variance with reason; manifestly false
ludicrous; ridiculous
(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 absurdly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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