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 ?
The thing was so preposterous that he had to struggle to realize it, and he reviewed in his mind the conversation with Tudor, trying to find some clue to the common-sense of what he was doing.
Let your reason have fair play, Jack, and you will see this match in so foolish and preposterous a light, that there will be no need of any dissuasive arguments.
In one very limited sense, as we shall hereafter see, this may be true; but it is preposterous to attribute to mere external conditions, the structure, for instance, of the woodpecker, with its feet, tail, beak, and tongue, so admirably adapted to catch insects under the bark of trees.
The man who has looked upon his ship going over too far is made aware of the preposterous tallness of a ship's spars.
I should be ashamed to say what literary triumphs I achieved in those preposterous deliriums.
If I were to plead anything in mitigation of the preposterous fancy that a bad design will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank.
The huge and unmeaning glass chandeliers, prism-cut, gas-lighted, and without shade, which dangle in our most fashionable drawing-rooms, may be cited as the quintessence of all that is false in taste or preposterous in folly.
If you think it right to communicate the contents of this letter to Miss Vanstone, pray tell her that it will not be my fault if her sister's assertion (however preposterous it may seem to my uncle's executors) is not fairly put to the proof.
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?
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?
He had at the back of his mind a feeling that the whole thing was a preposterous joke.
She insists upon this preposterous scheme of being a pilot, and will talk of nothing but revolving lights and hidden rocks, and codes of signals, and nonsense of the kind.