ad absurdum

[ad ab-sur-duh m]

adverb

to the point of absurdity.

Nearby words

  1. acylation,
  2. acyloin,
  3. acyltransferase,
  4. acystia,
  5. ad,
  6. ad arbitrium,
  7. ad astra per aspera,
  8. ad captandum vulgus,
  9. ad damnum,
  10. ad eundem gradum

Origin of ad absurdum

< Latin: to (the) absurd

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Culture 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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