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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

[[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.

Pronunciation

Adjective

absurd (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
absurd

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. 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

Usage notes

  • 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.

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Noun

Singular
absurd

Plural
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absurd ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) An absurdity. — Pope
  2. (with the) That which is absurd.

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References

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German

Adjective

absurd (comparative absurder, superlative am absurdesten)

  1. absurd

Swedish

Adjective

absurd

Inflections of absurd
Comparation by mer and mest
Indefinite
singular
Common absurd
Neuter absurt
Definite
singular
Masc. absurde
All absurda
Plural absurda
  1. absurd

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