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[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] absurdus (“‘discordant, unreasonable’”), from ab + surdus (“‘deaf’”). Probably derived from the root svar, to sound; not connected with surd: compare French absurde.
Adjectiveabsurd (comparative er, superlative more)
- Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous.
- This proffer is absurd and reasonless. - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, V-iv
- This phrase absurd to call a villain great. - w:Alexander Pope
- Said of people, opinions, dreams, etc.
Among 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.
- foolish, irrational, ridiculous, preposterous, inconsistent, incongruous, ludicrous
- See also Wikisaurus:absurd
- “absurd” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "absurd" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
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- Webster 1913
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