absurdness

absurd

[ab-surd, -zurd]
adjective
1.
utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation.
noun
2.
the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd

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.
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absurd (əbˈsɜːd)
 
adj
1.  at variance with reason; manifestly false
2.  ludicrous; ridiculous
 
n
3.  (sometimes capital) philosophy the absurd the conception of the world, esp in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless
 
[C16: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct]
 
ab'surdity
 
n
 
ab'surdness
 
n
 
ab'surdly
 
adv

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absurd
1550s, from Fr. absurde, from L. absurdus "out of tune, foolish" (see absurdity).
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