[ ab-surd, -zurd ]
/ æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd /
utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation.
the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
Origin of absurd
SYNONYMS FOR absurd
ab·surd·ly, adverbab·surd·ness, nounsu·per·ab·surd, adjectivesu·per·ab·surd·ly, adverb
1. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for absurdness
/ (əbˈsɜːd) /
at variance with reason; manifestly false
the absurd (sometimes capital) philosophy the conception of the world, esp in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless
See also theatre of the absurd
Derived Formsabsurdity or absurdness, nounabsurdly, adverb
Word Origin for absurd
C16: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab- 1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct
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