ad absurdum

ad absurdum

[ad ab-sur-duhm]
adverb
to the point of absurdity.

Origin:
< Latin: to (the) absurd

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ad absurdum [(ad uhb-sur-duhm)]

An argument whereby one seeks to prove one's position by pointing out the absurdity or foolishness of an opponent's position. Also, an argument carried to such lengths that it becomes silly or ridiculous. From Latin, meaning “to absurdity.”

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