- 1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate: the allegations are patently absurdMore example sentences
preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible; idiotic, stupid, foolish, silly, inane, imbecilic, insane, hare-brained; unreasonable, irrational, illogical, nonsensical, pointless, senseless; outrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, fantastic, incongruous, grotesque; unbelievable, incredible, unthinkable, implausible• informal crazyBritish • informal barmy, daft
- 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.
- 1.1Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous: short skirts and knee socks looked absurd on such a tall girlMore example sentences
- 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.
noun(the absurd) Back to top
- An absurd state of affairs: the incidents that followed bordered on the absurdMore example sentences
- 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'.