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.

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

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. Marco Rubio:

    It's absurd and it's part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants.

  2. Art Caplan:

    (The NFL has) to bring their policies in line, it's absurd to work in the Nancy Reagan 'just say no' frame when we have acceptance of use sweeping through the U.S. at a rapid rate.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    This current, horrific crisis we are now in has exposed for all to see how absurd our current, employer-based health insurance system is, the current economic downturn we are experiencing has not only led to a massive loss of jobs but has also resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance.

  4. David Yerushalmi:

    The notion that the MTA can moot a constitutional violation by changing its policy after the fact and wishing away the violation is absurd, our complaint has a damage claim for past harms (even if only nominal damage). That fact alone precludes the argument that the case is moot.

  5. John Sifton:

    Life in Thailand is growing more absurd by the day.

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