Definition of absurd in English:

absurd

adjective

  • 1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

    ‘the allegations are patently 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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noun

the absurd
  • An absurd state of affairs.

    ‘the incidents that followed bordered on the absurd’
    • ‘The idea that raw-milk cheese poses a public-health menace in the same category as cigarettes borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘The advice given to those affected by the potato blight bordered on the absurd.’
    • ‘When I think of the present it appears to be a drama of the absurd.’
    • ‘Where it is not downright unpleasant, the situation lapses into the absurd.’
    • ‘While such criticism is certainly fair and reasonable, the calls for Little's scalp as manager border on the absurd.’
    • ‘Martin's presumptuous and unproven speculation borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘His refusal to give de Valera credit for his international diplomacy in the 1930s borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘Administrative and political life is corrupt, and the bureaucracy often borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘It borders on the absurd for the mourner to dance gleefully while his parent lies dead in a fresh grave.’
    • ‘Yes, well, you often see the absurd in situations that seem quite normal to others.’
    • ‘Security measures for local flights border on the absurd.’
    • ‘This statement is so untrue that it borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘It is equally suitable for adults and children, and all it requires is an audience that is prepared to embrace the absurd.’
    • ‘Others found solace in deep religious faith, or redefined life in terms of the absurd.’
    • ‘For understandable reasons we prefer to think of ourselves as rational agents who live meaningful lives rather than as muddled actors in a theatre of the absurd.’
    • ‘The voice carries an Eastern European's lack of surprise before the trauma of history and an inclination towards the abstract and the absurd.’
    • ‘Who could this ruthless new satirist be, who had parachuted unannounced into the Scottish media, with so sharp a knife and so keen a sense of the absurd?’
    • ‘Will anyone else be watching this spectacle of the absurd?’
    • ‘So they are forced to construct an ideology of the absurd.’
    • ‘With its mix of voyeurism, suffering and pointlessness, this is a lovely, mute excursion into the theatre of the absurd.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

absurd

/əbˈsəːd/