Definition of absurd in English:

absurd

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adjective

  • 1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

    ‘the allegations are patently absurd’
    • ‘so you think I'm a spy? How absurd!’
    • ‘she was being absurd—and imagining things’
    • ‘he had a keen eye for the incongruous and the absurd’
    • ‘By the end of the programme, it was athletes and fans who hung themselves in public with their own illogical justifications and absurd piety.’
    • ‘It is absurd to blame current difficulties on any state's governor, Republican or Democrat.’
    • ‘When that happens heads are going to roll even if it happens in such a way so that placing blame is absurd.’
    • ‘It is absurd to blame schools with high standards for other schools having low standards.’
    • ‘Its also absurd to try to blame this on gun-ownership.’
    • ‘However, it is absurd to place primary blame on the players for this situation.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to blame Aristotle for his conceptual poverty: poverty is a lack, not a failing.’
    • ‘Prime Minister John Howard says the comments are absurd and monstrous.’
    • ‘It's like one of the rules of cross-examination - leave irrational and absurd answers where they lie.’
    • ‘‘It's an absurd nonsense that Parliament should not sit for two and a half months,’ he says.’
    • ‘The level of outrage is absurd: it's front page news and questions have been asked in Parliament.’
    • ‘In my view, his evidence is patently absurd, unreasonable, and not remotely believable.’
    • ‘What made him think of such an outrageously absurd idea I can't say for sure.’
    • ‘It was absurd, insane, and downright dangerous, but it was an idea.’
    • ‘To make excuses for such blatant stupidity is even more absurd.’
    • ‘This was the sort of absurd nonsense that I had painstakingly ignored all the years of my life, and it had finally come back to haunt me.’
    • ‘But the principle is absurd and irrational as far as the international community is concerned.’
    • ‘That is the sort of absurd nonsense that has been driving the other side of the debate.’
    preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
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    1. 1.1Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous.
      ‘it may look absurd, but having a treadmill desk could improve your attention span’
      • ‘In my endless pursuit of funny stories about Eskimo words for snow, I've found friends who will send me absurd comics about it, too.’
      • ‘The result is a mixed platter: Hilariously absurd one minute, farcically annoying the next, and damn surreal all of the time.’
      • ‘It has become overpriced, overrated and overrun with ridiculous people who live absurd lives.’
      • ‘He created an absurd and funny universe that, though ridiculous, always seemed real and sincere.’
      • ‘The humorously absurd mood is set up from the start.’
      • ‘It's an absurd ritual, and funny, yet his little trek affords a lovely view and brings him into contact with fellow passers-by.’
      • ‘It was that kind of day: a ridiculous number of substitutions, 19, and an entertaining but equally absurd amount of goals.’
      • ‘I'm all out of amusing anecdotes and absurd ruminations.’
      • ‘The customers' terrified looks therefore appear in a somewhat absurd and comical light.’
      • ‘The reason I was attracted to it in the first place is because people are absurd.’
      • ‘All of Cohen's characters are absurd, and they push people towards extremes on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He plays the part of the semi-moronic, innocently brutal Quentin with as much conviction as one can muster for such an absurd character.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, there are laughs to be had; wrestlers are, of course, innately absurd figures.’
      • ‘The likes of me have given up having opinions about the monarchy: cruel to knock them, when everyone knows they're absurd.’
      • ‘His grotesque and absurd characters committed gross, outrageous acts.’
      • ‘And on that note, the whole thing about chocolate being good for you is equally absurd.’
      • ‘The man is completely fearless, has a wildly absurd sense of humor, and is apparently a complete innocent.’
      • ‘‘Log’ is a pointless, absurd song, which makes me cry almost every time I hear it.’
      • ‘The last resort for sticking to production deadlines has obviously been trading humour for outrage, for the movie is as outrageous as it is absurd.’
      • ‘A bizarre, incredibly absurd play which I think failed to hit the mark.’
      • ‘The town described by Kipling in Plain Tales from the Hills seemed a wonderfully absurd Victorian fantasy.’
      • ‘The sets were shoddy, the costumes gaudy and sometimes absurd, and the music inappropriate.’
      laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical, comic, amusing, funny, chucklesome, hilarious, humorous, droll, entertaining, diverting, farcical, slapstick, silly, facetious, ludicrous, hysterical, uproarious, riotous, side-splitting, zany, grotesque
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Pronunciation

absurd

/əbˈsərd/ /əbˈzərd/

Origin

Mid 16th century from Latin absurdus ‘out of tune’, hence ‘irrational’; related to surdus ‘deaf, dull’.