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[ab-sur-di-tee, -zur-] /æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr-/
noun, plural absurdities.
the state or quality of being absurd.
something absurd.
Origin of absurdity
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English absurdite (< Middle French) < Late Latin absurditās. See absurd, -ity
Related forms
superabsurdity, noun, plural superabsurdities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She had hardly completed this act when she realized its absurdity.

  • The unseemliness was in the mode of discussion, not in the absurdity of the subject.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It is hardly necessary to point out the absurdity of this claim.

    Money John P. Jones
  • She laughed at Josephine's absurdity, but excused it on account of her feeble health.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • I tried to banish the thought as an absurdity, but was unable to do so.

Word Origin and History for absurdity

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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