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 (əb-sûrd′, -zûrd′)
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.
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.


(æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being absurd.
2. something absurd.
[1425–75; (< Middle French) < Late Latin]




  1. Absurd as a monkey in a dinner jacket —Anon
  2. Absurd as an excuse —Anon
  3. Absurd … as expecting a drowning man to laugh —German proverb

    Time and use often transform proverbs into similes. In this case, the original proverb was “A fool will laugh when he is drowning.”

  4. Absurd as hiring a street vendor to run a major corporation —Anon
  5. Absurd as looking for hot water under the ice —Latin proverb
  6. Absurd as mathematics without numbers —Anon
  7. Absurd as to expect a harvest in the dead of winter —Robert South
  8. Absurd as to instruct a rooster in the laying of eggs —H. L. Mencken
  9. Absurd as … to put bread in a cold oven —Latin proverb
  10. Absurd as … to put water in a basket —Danish proverb
  11. Absurd as trying to drink from a colander —Latin proverb
  12. Absurd … like baking snow in the oven —German proverb

    The simile has evolved from “He baked snow in the oven.”

  13. Absurd … like jumping into the water for fear of the rain —French proverb
  14. Absurd, like using a guillotine to cure dandruff —Clare Booth Luce
  15. Absurd … like vowing never to be sick again —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  16. As logical as trying to put out a fire with applications of kerosene —Tallulah Bankhead
  17. Attending the Gerald R. Ford Symposium on Humor and the Presidency is sort of like attending the Ayatollah Khomeini Symposium on the sexual revolution —Pat Paulsen, at September 19, 1986 symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  18. Bizarre and a little disconcerting, like finding out that the Mona Lisa was a WAC —Jonathan Valin
  19. (His … ) body so sleek with health, that his talk of death seemed ludicrous, like the description of a funeral by a painted clown —Christopher Isherwood
  20. Comparing [Ronald] Reagan with [Franklin D.] Roosevelt is like comparing Charles Schulz [“Peanuts” cartoonist] to Rembrandt —Mike Sommer
  21. Incongruous as a mouse dancing with an elephant —Anon
  22. Incongruous as a priest going out with a prostitute —Anon
  23. Looks as well as a diamond necklace about a sow’s neck —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  24. Makes about as much sense … as it would to put army shoes on a … French poodle —William Diehl
  25. Ridiculous as monkeys reading books —Delmore Schwartz
  26. Stupid and awkward, like chimpanzees dressed up in formal gowns —Scott Spencer


  27. That’s absurd, like Castro calling Tito a dictator —John Wainwright
  28. You just can’t go around thinking that McDonald’s food is going to be steaming hot. It’s like expecting the hamburger to be served on a French roll —Ann Beattie
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.absurdity - a message whose content is at variance with reason
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
2.absurdity - a ludicrous follyabsurdity - a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"
folly, foolishness, unwiseness - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly


noun ridiculousness, nonsense, folly, stupidity, foolishness, silliness, idiocy, irrationality, incongruity, meaninglessness, daftness (informal), senselessness, illogicality, ludicrousness, unreasonableness, preposterousness, farcicality, craziness (informal), bêtise (rare), farcicalness, illogicalness I get angry at the absurdity of a situation.
"absurdity: a statement of belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]


1. Something or someone uproariously funny or absurd:
Informal: hoot, joke, laugh, scream.
Slang: gas, howl, panic, riot.
سَخَافَة، أمْر مُنَاف لِلعَقْل


[əbˈsəːdɪtɪ] N
1. (= quality) → lo absurdo
2. (= act of madness) → locura f, disparate m
it would be an absurdity to trysería una locura or un disparate intentarlo
it would be an absurdity to say thatsería absurdo decir eso


[əbˈsɜːrdɪti] n (= ridiculousness) → absurdité f


nAbsurde(s) nt no pl (→ of an +dat); (thing etc also) → Absurdität f


[əbˈsɜːdɪtɪ] n
a. (no pl, see adj) → assurdità, assurdo, ridicolaggine f
b. (thing) → assurdità f inv
the absurdities of life → le assurdità della vita


(əbˈsəːd) adjective
unreasonable or ridiculous. These demands are absolutely absurd.
abˈsurdly adverb
abˈsurdity (plural abˈsurdities) noun
abˈsurdness noun
References in classic literature ?
He began to pity himself, but a sense of the absurdity of his thoughts made him smile.
Had they shown the least consciousness of their finery, or of its absurdity, they would have seemed despicable.
The latter scandal --as became a person of sense, and, more especially, a member of the Pyncheon family--Phoebe had set down for the absurdity which it unquestionably was.
There was such a flood of good faith in it that, though I had not yet seen the child, my very fears made me jump to the absurdity of the idea.
If they were merely resisters of the gabelle or some kindred absurdity I would try to protect them from capture; but when men murder a person of high degree and likewise burn his house, that is another matter.
They all came a-swooping down like a blue cloud, and as each fellow lit on the door and took a glance, the whole absurdity of the contract that that first jay had tackled hit him home and he fell over backward suffocating with laughter, and the next jay took his place and done the same.
Were she a woman of fortune, I would leave every harmless absurdity to take its chance, I would not quarrel with you for any liberties of manner.
To the former her raillery was probably, as far as it regarded only himself, perfectly indifferent; but to the latter it was at first incomprehensible; and when its object was understood, she hardly knew whether most to laugh at its absurdity, or censure its impertinence, for she considered it as an unfeeling reflection on the colonel's advanced years, and on his forlorn condition as an old bachelor.
If, on reflection, I find I have fallen into no great absurdity, I shall try to forgive you; but it was not right.
Frank's helpless astonishment at her disappearance added a new element of absurdity to the scene.
I began one note, in a six-syllable line, 'Oh, do not remember' - but that associated itself with the fifth of November, and became an absurdity.
Then," suggested the idea, with a blush for its own absurdity, "why not go on pilgrimage and seek her?