absurdity

[ ab-sur-di-tee, -zur- ]
/ æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr- /

noun, plural ab·surd·i·ties.

the state or quality of being absurd.
something absurd.

Nearby words

  1. abstrusity,
  2. absurd,
  3. absurd, theater of the,
  4. absurdism,
  5. absurdist,
  6. abt.,
  7. abta,
  8. abterminal,
  9. abu bakr,
  10. abu dhabi

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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Word Origin and History for absurdity

absurdity

n.

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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