What does absurd mean?

Definitions for absurd
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. Cicero:

    Can anything be more absurd than that the nearer we are to our journey?s end, we should lay in the more provision for it?

  2. 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.

  3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    That's an absurd argument and it's the one they've made from the very beginning, that it's either what the President negotiates with the Iranians or it's war, that's never been the alternative.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    It's not just absurd, it's offensive.

  5. Jason Chaffetz:

    This is totally unacceptable and absurd.

Images & Illustrations of absurd

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