What does absurd mean?

Definitions for absurd
æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrdab·surd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absurd, the absurdadjective

    a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless

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

  2. absurdadjective

    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, ridiculousadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. absurdnoun

    An absurdity.

  2. absurdnoun

    That which is absurd.

  3. absurdnoun

    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. absurdadjective

    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. absurdadjective

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

  6. Etymology: * First attested in 1557.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ABSURDadjective

    Etymology: absurdus, Lat.

    Seeming wise men may make shift to get opinion; but let no man choose them for employment; for certainly you had better take for business a man somewhat absurd, than over formal. Francis Bacon, Essay, 27.

    The thing itself appeared desireable to him, and accordingly he could not but like and desire it; but then, it was after a very irrational absurd way, and contrary to all the methods and principles of a rational agent; which never wills a thing really and properly, but it applies to the means, by which it is to be acquired. Robert South, Sermons.

    A man, who cannot write with wit on a proper subject, is dull and stupid; but one, who shews it in an improper place, is as impertinent and absurd. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 291.

    But grant that those can conquer, these can cheat,
    ’Tis phrase absurd to call a villain great:
    Who wickedly is wise, or madly brave,
    Is but the more a fool, the more a knave. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

ChatGPT

  1. absurd

    Absurd refers to something that is extremely unreasonable, illogical, inappropriate, or contrary to common sense, often to the point of being ridiculous or laughably silly. It can also pertain to the philosophical concept of the inherent meaninglessness of life in Absurdism.

  2. absurd

    Absurd refers to something that is extremely unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate to the point of being ridiculous or nonsensical. It often refers to situations, ideas, or behaviors that are so contrary to reason, common sense, or normal expectations that they seem laughable or bizarre.

  3. absurd

    Absurd refers to something that is completely unreasonable, illogical, inappropriate, or nonsensical. It can also connote something wildly irrational or incongruous. It is often used to describe situations or ideas that are utterly against common sense or human reasoning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absurdadjective

    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. Absurdnoun

    an absurdity

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absurd

    ab-surd′, adj. obviously unreasonable or false: ridiculous.—ns. Absurd′ity, Absurd′ness, the quality of being absurd: anything absurd.—adv. Absurd′ly. [L. absurdusab, from, surdus, harsh-sounding, deaf.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absurd in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absurd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of absurd in a Sentence

  1. Paul Rudd:

    It's just the right amount of absurd and silliness, it was just such a cool thing to go back and re-enter that whole world... It's a great thing to revisit.

  2. Shelley Clark:

    We can think of iconic images like The Atlantic monthly cover of the mom carrying the kid in the briefcase to work and how absurd that's supposed to be to us, but then when we think of women in lower-income countries, you think of the mom selling goods at the market with a kid strapped to her back, and you think,' Well, that's not a problem for her, because she can easily combine child care and work,' there's this perception out there that for the kinds of work that women do in lower-income countries, it's easier to combine child care and work.

  3. Stephanie Ruhle:

    The idea that Mr. Plank uniquely listens to any one individual is absurd.

  4. Ali Vaez:

    This is an absurd non-issue, there is no other entity that is as sanctioned by United States as the IRGC.

  5. Corey Lewandowski:

    Facebook and Twitter and others have clearly established two different sets of rules. One if you’re a conservative or a Republican or have a different ideology than them and one if you’re a liberal, this 'decision' is absurd.

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