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ab·surd

 (əb-sûrd′, -zûrd′)
adj.
1.
a. Extremely unreasonable, incongruous, or inappropriate: an absurd request.
b. Impossible to take seriously; silly: a character who goes through many absurd adventures. See Synonyms at foolish.
2. Of, relating to, or manifesting the view that there is no order or meaning in human life or in the universe.
3. Of or relating to absurdism.
n.
The condition or state in which humans exist in an absurd universe, without meaning or purpose. Used chiefly with the.

[Latin absurdus, out of tune, absurd : ab-, intensive pref.; see ab-1 + surdus, deaf, muffled.]

ab·surd′i·ty (-sûr′dĭ-tē, -zûr′-), ab·surd′ness n.
ab·surd′ly adv.

absurd

(əbˈsɜːd)
adj
1. at variance with reason; manifestly false
2. ludicrous; ridiculous
n
(Philosophy) the absurd (sometimes capital) philosophy the conception of the world, esp in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless
[C16: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct]
abˈsurdity, abˈsurdness n
abˈsurdly adv

ab•surd

(æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd)

adj.
1. utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false.
n.
2. the absurd, the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
[1550–60; < Latin absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd]
ab•surd′ly, adv.
ab•surd′ness, n.
syn: absurd, ridiculous, preposterous all mean inconsistent with reason or common sense. absurd means utterly opposed to truth or reason: an absurd claim. ridiculous implies that something is fit only to be laughed at, perhaps contemptuously: a ridiculous suggestion. preposterous implies an extreme of foolishness: a preposterous proposal.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.absurd - a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless; "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"--Albert Camus
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
Adj.1.absurd - inconsistent with reason or logic or common senseabsurd - 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
illogical, unlogical - lacking in correct logical relation
2.absurd - incongruous;inviting ridicule; "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"
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"

absurd

absurd

adjective
Translations
سَخِيفسَخِيف، مُنَاف لِلعَقْل، مُضْحِك
absurdnínesmyslný
absurdmeningsløsurimelig
järjetön
apsurdan
fáránlegur
ばかげた愚かな愚鈍馬鹿馬鹿らしい
불합리한
absurdasabsurdiškaiabsurdiškasabsurdiškumasnesąmonė
absurdssmieklīgs
absurdiraţional
absurdný
absurdenneumen
absurd
ไร้สาระ
ngớ ngẩn

absurd

[əbˈsɜːd]
A. ADJ [idea, plan] → absurdo; [appearance] → ridículo
don't be absurd!¡no digas tonterías!
how absurd!¡qué ridículo!
you look absurd in that hatcon ese sombrero estás ridículo
B. N the absurdel absurdo
the theatre of the absurdel teatro del absurdo

absurd

[æbˈsɜːrd]
adj (= ridiculous) → absurde
that's absurd! → c'est absurde!
n
(gen) the absurd → l'absurde
(LITERATURE) the absurd → l'absurde

absurd

adjabsurd; don’t be absurd!sei nicht albern; if you think that, you’re just being absurddu bist ja nicht recht bei Trost, wenn du das glaubst; what an absurd waste of time!so eine blödsinnige Zeitverschwendung!; the management is being absurd againdas Management spielt mal wieder verrückt (inf); theatre of the absurdabsurdes Theater

absurd

[əbˈsɜːd] adjassurdo/a; (appearance, hat) → ridicolo/a

absurd

(əbˈsəːd) adjective
unreasonable or ridiculous. These demands are absolutely absurd.
abˈsurdly adverb
abˈsurdity (plural abˈsurdities) noun
abˈsurdness noun

absurd

سَخِيف absurdní absurd absurd παράλογος absurdo järjetön absurde apsurdan assurdo ばかげた 불합리한 absurd absurd absurdalny absurdo абсурдный absurd ไร้สาระ saçma ngớ ngẩn 荒唐的

absurd

a. absurdo-a; ridículo-a.
References in classic literature ?
It is also absurd for those who promote a community of children to forbid those who love each other from indulging themselves in the last excesses of that passion, while they do not restrain them from the passion itself, or those intercourses which are of all things most improper, between a Father and a son, a brother and a brother, and indeed the thing itself is most absurd.
What do you mean, Pollyanna, by going to the Ladies' Aid the other day in that absurd fashion about that beggar boy?
He said, he doubted not but that all the infidels and hereticks in the world would, if they could, confine honour to their own absurd errors and damnable deceptions; "but honour," says he, "is not therefore manifold, because there are many absurd opinions about it; nor is religion manifold, because there are various sects and heresies in the world.
This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty.
He is a most absent-minded and absurd fellow, but he has a heart of gold.
Philip began to read Murger's fascinating, ill-written, absurd masterpiece, and fell at once under its spell.
The answer given," continued the Grave Person, consulting his own timepiece, "is of no effect, invalid, and absurd.
It IS so absurd to be an engaged orphan and it IS so absurd to have the girls and the servants scuttling about after one, like mice in the wainscot; and it IS so absurd to be called upon
Though I have this bad habit of soliloquising, and indeed am absurd enough to attempt conversation with a house, yet the reader must realise from the beginning that I am still quite a young man.
Seeming wise men may make shift to get opinion; but let no man choose them for employment; for certainly you were better take for business, a man somewhat absurd, than over-formal.
An appeal will not lie," he thought, with an absurd reversion to professional slang, making the situation more horrible, as the fire of a cigar might light up a tomb.
Stroeve had set up a Christmas-tree in his studio, and I suspected that we should both find absurd little presents hanging on its festive branches; but he was shy about seeing Strickland again; it was a little humiliating to forgive so easily insults so outrageous, and he wished me to be present at the reconciliation on which he was determined.