preposterous


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pre·pos·ter·ous

 (prĭ-pŏs′tər-əs)
adj.
Contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd. See Synonyms at foolish.

[From Latin praeposterus, inverted, unseasonable : prae-, pre- + posterus, coming behind (from post, behind; see apo- in Indo-European roots).]

pre·pos′ter·ous·ly adv.
pre·pos′ter·ous·ness n.

preposterous

(prɪˈpɒstərəs)
adj
contrary to nature, reason, or sense; absurd; ridiculous
[C16: from Latin praeposterus reversed, from prae in front, before + posterus following]
preˈposterously adv
preˈposterousness n

pre•pos•ter•ous

(prɪˈpɒs tər əs, -trəs)

adj.
completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; senseless; foolish.
[1535–45; < Latin praeposterus in the wrong order. See pre-, posterior, -ous]
pre•pos′ter•ous•ly, adv.
pre•pos′ter•ous•ness, n.
syn: See absurd.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preposterous - 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"

preposterous

preposterous

adjective
Translations
غَيْر مَعْقول، أحْمَق، سَخيف
nesmyslnýsměšný
latterligtosset
fáránlegur
absurdsmuļķīgssmieklīgs

preposterous

[prɪˈpɒstərəs] ADJabsurdo, ridículo

preposterous

[prɪˈpɒstərəs] adjridicule, absurde

preposterous

adjgrotesk, absurd; you’re being preposterousdas ist ja grotesk; it is preposterous to suggest that …es ist absurd vorzuschlagen, dass …

preposterous

[prɪˈpɒstrəs] adjridicolo/a, assurdo/a

preposterous

(priˈpostərəs) adjective
very foolish; ridiculous.
preˈposterously adverb
References in classic literature ?
They had laughed over that last word as if the idea it suggested was a most preposterous one, but they had held to their resolve, and whenever they could get on without help they did so, and no one interfered, for Mrs.
This seems to me perfectly preposterous and uncalled for.
Then," said Christie, "why in the name of all that's preposterous, do they persist in pairing me off with the least interesting man of the lot?
the fact that (opportunity aiding, precious opportunity which had now come) it would be preposterous, with a child so endowed, to forego the help one might wrest from absolute intelligence?
Now, however preposterous it may at first seem to talk of any creature's skin as being of that sort of consistence and thickness, yet in point of fact these are no arguments against such a presumption; because you cannot raise any other dense enveloping layer from the whale's body but that same blubber; and the outermost enveloping layer of any animal, if reasonably dense, what can that be but the skin?
Tamoszius made good wages; and little by little the family were paying back their debt to Marija, so she ought soon to have enough to start life upon--only, with her preposterous softheartedness, she would insist upon spending a good part of her money every week for things which she saw they needed.
The king and the whole Round Table were in raptures over this preposterous opportunity for adventure.
The prize was delivered to Tom with as much effusion as the superintendent could pump up under the circumstances; but it lacked somewhat of the true gush, for the poor fellow's instinct taught him that there was a mystery here that could not well bear the light, perhaps; it was simply preposterous that this boy had warehoused two thousand sheaves of Scriptural wisdom on his premises -- a dozen would strain his capacity, without a doubt.
The last point left on which it is necessary for me to instruct you refers to the persons inhabiting the house, and to certain preposterous claims on their behalf set up by a solicitor named Pendril; who has, no doubt, interested reasons of his own for making application to me.
He touched the spring of his repeater, to correct this most preposterous clock.
exclaimed Miss Mowcher, making a preposterous attempt to cover her large face with her morsel of a hand.
Wopsle's great-aunt's room, my education under that preposterous female terminated.