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absurd

adjective

  1. (illogical)  inconsistent with reason, logic, or common sense
    Similar to: illogical
  2. (foolish)  incongruous; inviting ridicule
    Synonyms: cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous...

the absurd

noun

Etymology summary

Middle French absurde (16th century), from Latin absurdus "out of tune;...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

absurd | the absurd [sense-specific] | ludicrous [synonym, sense-specific] | ridiculous [synonym, sense-specific] | absurdity [derived] | absurdness [noun, derived]

at variance with reason; manifestly false | ludicrous; ridiculous | See "the absurd" (11 of 502 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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the absurd [philosophy] | absurd | The absurd

the conception of the world, especially in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless (18 of 398 words, 9 usage examples)

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Wiktionary:

absurd | absurds [plural] | foolish [synonym, sense-specific] | irrational [synonym, sense-specific] | ridiculous [synonym, sense-specific] | preposterous [synonym, sense-specific] | inconsistent [synonym, sense-specific] | incongruous [synonym, sense-specific] | ludicrous [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; silly. | [obsolete] Inharmonious; dissonant. | Having no rational... (31 of 354 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

absurd [entry 1, adjective] | meaningless [synonym, sense-specific] | fantastic [synonym, sense-specific] | bizarre [synonym, sense-specific] | crazy [synonym, sense-specific] | fanciful [synonym, sense-specific] | foolish [synonym, sense-specific] | insane [synonym, sense-specific] | nonsensical [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

ridiculously unreasonable, unsound, or incongruous | having no rational or orderly relationship to human life; "meaningless" ; also, lacking order or ... (20 of 352 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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absurd [entry 2, noun]

the state or condition in which human beings exist in an irrational and meaningless universe and in which human life has no ultimate meaning [used ... (25 of 42 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Absurd [disambiguation] | The Absurd

may refer to: Absurdity, general and technical usage - associated with extremely poor reasoning, the ridiculous, or nonsense. | Absurdism, a philosophy born of existentialism, regarding the philosophical concept of "the Absurd," the clash between the ... (35 of 164 words, 9 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

absurd | absurdity [singular] | absurdities [plural]

completely stupid, unreasonable, or impossible to believe | talking or behaving in a silly or extreme way | deliberately emphasizing what is silly or ... (22 of 115 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/absurd

the absurd

a situation or way of thinking that seems completely stupid, unreasonable, or impossible to believe (15 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

absurd | the absurd | absurdly [adverb, derived] | absurdity [noun, derived]

stupid or unreasonable; silly in a humorous way | "the absurd": things that happen that are stupid or unreasonable (18 of 105 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/absurd

American Heritage Dictionary:

absurd | absurdity [noun, related] | absurdness [noun, related] | absurdly [adverb, related]

Ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable. | Of, relating to, or manifesting the view that there is no order or value in human life or in the universe. ... (25 of 91 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

absurd | the absurd | ridiculous [synonym, sense-specific]

wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate | arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous | ("the absurd") | an absurd state of affairs (17 of 83 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/absurd

Random House Dictionary:

absurd

utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false. | the quality or condition ... (22 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/absurd

New World Dictionary:

absurd | absurdly [adverb, related] | absurdness [noun, related]

so clearly untrue or unreasonable as to be laughable or ridiculous (11 of 37 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

absurd

ridiculous because of being irrational, incongruous, or illogical | lacking any meaning that would give purpose to life | the condition of living in a ... (23 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583132​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

absurd

First use: 1550s

Origin: Middle French absurde (16th century), from Latin absurdus "out of tune; foolish". The main modern sense (also present in Latin) is a ... (23 of 32 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

absurd

Origin: French absurde from Latin absurdus, not to be heard of from ab-, intensive + surdus, dull, deaf, insensible

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American Heritage Dictionary:

absurd

Origin: Latin absurdus, out of tune, absurd: ab-, intensive prefix; see "ab-" [entry 1] + surdus, deaf, muffled.

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Collins Dictionary:

absurd

First use: 16th century

Origin: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/absurd

Oxford Dictionary:

absurd | the absurd

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin absurdus "out of tune", hence "irrational"; related to surdus "deaf, dull"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/absurd

Merriam-Webster:

absurd [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1557

Origin: Middle French absurde, from Latin absurdus, from ab- + surdus deaf, stupid

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absurd [entry 2, noun]

First use: 1946

Origin: (see absurd

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Encarta Dictionary:

absurd

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: French from Latin absurdus "inharmonious", literally "away from the (right) sound"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583132​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

absurd | absurds [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

absurd

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

absurd | absurdity [singular] | absurdities [plural]

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the absurd

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

absurd | absurdity [singular] | absurdities [plural]

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the absurd

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Cambridge Dictionary:

absurd

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the Free Dictionary:

absurd

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Google Dictionary:

absurd | absurder [comparative] | absurdest [superlative]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

absurd

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YourDictionary Audio:

absurd

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freedictionary.org:

Absurd

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