Definition of absurd in English:

absurd

Syllabification: ab·surd
Pronunciation: /əbˈsərd, -ˈzərd
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of an idea or suggestion) wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate: the allegations are patently absurd so you think I’m a spy? How absurd! (as noun the absurd) he had a keen eye for the incongruous and the absurd
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1(Of a person or a person’s behavior or actions) foolish; unreasonable: she was being absurd—and imagining things
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    • She had to fight to keep from laughing at his absurd behavior.
    • Maltin wisely points out that, at the time the cartoon was written, these behaviors were absurd.
    • Running is an absurd sport, for absurd people.
  • 1.2(Of an object or situation) arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous: gym shorts and knee socks looked absurd on such a tall girl
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    • 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.

Derivatives

absurdly

adverb
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  • This list wasn't originally intended for a quiz so some are absurdly easy and others impossibly hard.
  • The contempt and indifference for her own child, which she continually voices, is absurdly unbelievable.
  • It also sets an absurdly high standard of perfection for market performance.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin absurdus 'out of tune', hence 'irrational'; related to surdus 'deaf, dull'.

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