Definition of absurd in English:


Line breaks: ab¦surd
Pronunciation: /əbˈsəːd


1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate: the allegations are patently 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.
outrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, fantastic, incongruous, grotesque;
unbelievable, incredible, unthinkable, implausible
informal crazy
British informal barmy, daft
1.1Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous: short skirts 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.


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An absurd state of affairs: the incidents that followed bordered on the absurd
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  • 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.


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

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