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ad absurdum

[ ad ab-sur-duhm ]
/ æd æbˈsɜr dəm /
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adverb

to the point of absurdity.

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Origin of ad absurdum

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin: literally, “to (the) absurd”
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Cultural definitions for ad absurdum

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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