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Monday, January 29, 2018

Definitions for ad absurdum

  1. to the point of absurdity.

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Citations for ad absurdum
"Oh, if any argument's pushed ad absurdum ..." Fido controls her temper. Emma Donoghue, The Sealed Letter, 2008
André was allergic to the very idea of "matéreal" and smelled one of Theo's attempts to critique "bourgeois morality" by taking it ad absurdum. Peter Schneider, Couplings, translated by Philip Boehm, 1996
Origin of ad absurdum
In Latin ad absurdum is a prepositional phrase composed of the preposition ad “to” and the neuter singular adjective absurdum “out of tune, harsh, rough; senseless, silly.” In English the phrase is used as an adverb and is still unnaturalized. Ad absurdum entered English in the mid-17th century.
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