1 inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense; "the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter Lippman [syn: unreasonable]
2 completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous" [syn: cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]
Etymologyabsurdus, from ab + surdus, (probably) a derivative from the root svar, to sound; not connected with surd: compare French absurde.
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)d
- Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain
dictates of common
ridiculous; as, an
absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream.
- This proffer is absurd and reasonless. - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, V-iv
- This phrase absurd to call a villain great. - Alexander Pope
Usage notesAmong the synonyms:
- Irrational is the weakest, denoting that which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of sound reason; as, an irrational course of life.
- Foolish rises higher, and implies either a perversion of that faculty, or an absolute weakness or fatuity of mind; as, foolish enterprises.
- Absurd rises still higher, denoting that which is plainly opposed to received notions of propriety and truth; as, an absurd man, project, opinion, story, argument, etc.
- Preposterous rises still higher, and supposes an absolute inversion in the order of things; or, in plain terms, a "putting of the cart before the horse;" as, a preposterous suggestion, preposterous conduct, a preposterous regulation or law.
contrary to reason or propriety
- Albanian: absurd
- Danish: absurd, urimelig(t), latterlig(t), meningsløs(t), tåbelig(t)
- Dutch: absurd
- Estonian: absurdne
- Finnish: absurdi (Suomi), järjetön
- French: absurde
- German: absurd
- Hebrew: אבסורדית
- Ido: absurda
- Interlingua: absurde
- Italian: assurdo, assurda
- Japanese: 馬鹿らしい, 愚かな
- Latvian: absurdais bezjēdzīgais
- Macedonian: апсурд
- Norwegian: absurd, tåpelig
- Novial: absurdi
- Polish: absurd
- Portuguese: absurdo, absurda
- Romanian: absurd, iraţional
- Serbian: Apsurd
- Spanish: absurdo
- Swedish: absurd, befängd
- An absurdity. — Pope
- (with the) That which is absurd.
obsolete: an absurdity
- Dutch: absurd
- Japanese: 馬鹿
that which is absurd
- Japanese: 愚鈍
- Webster 1913
Absurd can refer to:
- Absurdism, a philosophy born of existentialism
- absurdity, with small "a", is a form of surreal humour
- Theatre of the Absurd, an artform utilizing the philosophy of absurdism
- Absurd (band), a National Socialist Black Metal band.
- Absurd (Fluke song), an electronic music single by the band Fluke
- Cabaret Jar, a slang synonym for absurdity
- mathematics/logic: a statement that is clearly not correct, as in reductio ad absurdum
absurd in German: Absurd
absurd in Dutch: Absurd
absurd in Norwegian Nynorsk: Absurd
absurd in Polish: Absurd
absurd in Portuguese: Absurdo
absurd in Russian: Абсурд (значения)
absurd in Finnish: Absurdi
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