Definition of absurd in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈsərd/
Pronunciation: /əbˈzərd/


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 (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.
preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible, idiotic, stupid, foolish, silly, inane, imbecilic, insane, harebrained, cockamamie;
unreasonable, irrational, illogical, nonsensical, incongruous, pointless, senseless
informal crazy, daft
1.1Arousing 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.


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

  • One sense of the Latin word absurdus was ‘out of tune’, and in the past absurd was occasionally used with this meaning. From this Latin sense it developed the meaning ‘out of harmony with reason, irrational’. The term Theatre of the Absurd, describing drama by writers such as Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), Eugène Ionesco (1904–1994), and Harold Pinter (1930–2008), was coined by the critic Martin Esslin (1918–2002) in 1961.

Words that rhyme with absurd

bird, Byrd, curd, engird, gird, Heard, herd, Kurd, misheard, nerd, overheard, reheard, third, undergird, undeterred, unheard, unstirred, word

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Syllabification: ab·surd

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