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[ab-sur-di-tee, -zur-]
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noun, plural ab·surd·i·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being absurd.
  2. something absurd.
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Origin of absurdity

1425–75; late Middle English absurdite (< Middle French) < Late Latin absurditās. See absurd, -ity
Related formssu·per·ab·surd·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ab·surd·i·ties.
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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).

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