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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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  • The common ways of accounting for its success would be absurdly ridiculous and amusing were they not so sadly unbelieving.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • If they are Mrs. Berry's, as you absurdly pretend to think they are, again you have no claim.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Behind the mask of her composure Lucinda was absurdly agitated and, on that account, a little angry.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • His sense of the ridiculous is absurdly out of proportion to his serious side.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • All that evening the memory of the little square volume would keep recurring most absurdly.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
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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