Definitions for absurdæbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•surd*æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd(adj.)

  1. utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false.

  2. (n.)the absurd,the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* 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.

Origin of absurd:

1550–60; < L absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab -, surd

ab•surd′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absurd, the absurd(adj)

    a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless

    "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"--Albert Camus

  2. absurd(adj)

    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

  3. absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous(adj)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. absurd(adjective)æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd

    very silly, not logical; = ridiculous

    an absurd suggestion; absurd to expect the child to understand

Wiktionary

  1. absurd(Noun)

    An absurdity.

  2. absurd(Noun)

    That which is absurd.

  3. absurd(Noun)

    The opposition between the human search for meaning in life and the inability to find any; The state or condition in which man exists in an irrational universe and his life has no meaning outside of his existence.

  4. absurd(Adjective)

    Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous.

  5. absurd(Adjective)

    Having no rational or orderly relationship to man's life; meaningless; lacking order or value.

  6. Origin: * First attested in 1557.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absurd(adj)

    contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and fiatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream

  2. Absurd(noun)

    an absurdity

Freebase

  1. Absurd

    "Absurd" is a single by the English electronic music band Fluke. The single has made many soundtrack appearances, including Sin City, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Wipeout, NFL Quarterback Club '99, Enter the Matrix, Spaced, and a Ribena commercial as well as an episode of the 2008 NBC series Knight Rider. The song had been used in one of FIFA Games too, World Cup '98. This song has also been the theme tune to Sky Sports Ford Monday Night Football since 1997, making a re-appearance as the theme tune in 2010. The song features an unauthorised and uncredited sample from Lesley Beech.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

absurd(adjective)

unreasonable or ridiculous

These demands are absolutely absurd.

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