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æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrdab·surd

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. absurd(Noun)

    An absurdity.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1557.

  2. absurd(Noun)

    That which is absurd.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1557.

  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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1557.

  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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1557.

  5. absurd(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: * 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.

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. Jan Ardanowski:

    Those animals could be used for culinary purposes and it doesn't seem to me that would be something completely absurd.

  2. Robert Maxim:

    It's worth underscoring how absurd it is that the descendants of the tribe that met Pilgrims, who every American learns about around this time of year, couldn't meet the definition of a' tribe,' it's just a perfect illustration of how messed up, and really, anti-Native, federal Indian policy has been throughout our history.

  3. William Howard Taft:

    Now, I am opposed to the franchise in the District [of Columbia]; I am opposed, and not because I yield to any one in my support and belief in the principles of self-government; but principles are applicable generally, and then, unless you make exceptions to the application of these principles, you will find that they will carry you to very illogical and absurd results. This was taken out of the application of the principle of self-government in the very Constitution that was intended to put that in force in every other part of the country, and it was done because it was intended to have the representatives of all the people in the country control this one city, and to prevent its being controlled by the parochial spirit that would necessarily govern men who did not look beyond the city to the grandeur of the nation, and this as the representative of that nation.

  4. Maurizio Cattelan:

    What’s the point of our life? everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.

  5. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Who, in after life, can help smiling at the fancies in which early anticipation revelled ; how absurd, how impossible, do they not now appear! Yet, in such mockery lurks much of bitterness : the laugh rings hollow from many a disappointment, and many a mortification.

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