What does absurdity mean?

Definitions for absurdity
æbˈsɜr dɪ ti, -ˈzɜr-ab·sur·di·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousnessnoun

    a message whose content is at variance with reason

  2. absurdity, fatuity, fatuousness, sillinessnoun

    a ludicrous folly

    "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"


  1. absurditynoun

    The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment.

  2. absurditynoun

    That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.

  3. Etymology: * First attested probably in 1472.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Absurditynoun

    Etymology: from absurd.

    How clear soever this idea of the infinity of number be, there is nothing more evident than the absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number. John Locke.

    That satisfaction we receive from the opinion of some preeminence in ourselves, when we see the absurdities of another, or when we reflect on any past absurdities of our own. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 249.


  1. Absurdity

    An absurdity is a state or condition of being extremely unreasonable, meaningless or unsound in reason so as to be irrational or not taken seriously. "Absurd" is an adjective used to describe an absurdity, e.g., "Tyler and the boys laughed at the absurd situation." It derives from the Latin absurdum meaning "out of tune", hence irrational. The Latin surdus means "deaf", implying stupidity. Absurdity is contrasted with being realistic or reasonable In general usage, absurdity may be synonymous with fanciful, foolish, bizarre, wild or nonsense. In specialized usage, absurdity is related to extremes in bad reasoning or pointlessness in reasoning; ridiculousness is related to extremes of incongruous juxtaposition, laughter, and ridicule; and nonsense is related to a lack of meaningfulness. Absurdism is a concept in philosophy related to the notion of absurdity.


  1. absurdity

    Absurdity is the quality or state of being ridiculous, illogical, irrational, or wildly unreasonable. It often refers to instances or ideas that defy common sense or logical thinking, or to the humor arising from such situations. In philosophy, it also refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic universe.

  2. absurdity

    Absurdity refers to something that is extremely unreasonable, illogical or inappropriate to the point where it is almost laughable or ridiculous. It can also refer to the state or condition in which human beings exist in a meaningless, irrational universe wherein people's lives have no purpose or order.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absurditynoun

    the quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment

  2. Absurditynoun

    that which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction

  3. Etymology: [L. absurditas: cf. F. absurdite.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absurdity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absurdity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of absurdity in a Sentence

  1. Danny Danon:

    Just over the last year alone, UNRWA officials were elected to the leadership of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA schools denied the existence of Israel, and terror tunnels were dug under UNRWA facilities, it is time for this absurdity to end and for humanitarian funds to be directed towards their intended purpose -- the welfare of refugees.

  2. Oswald Mosley:

    Great men of action ... never mind on occasion being ridiculous in a sense it is part of their job, and at times they all are. A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk.

  3. Brit Bennett:

    I kept coming back to the inherent absurdity of the idea that race can be successfully performed, but at the same time, the implications of race and of racism are felt generations deep, they follow people from the cradle to the grave.

  4. Julien Crevaels:

    For me this picture could be a reminder of the absurdity, as I see it, of racism and the absurdity of such violence over the difference of colour.

  5. Robert Wright:

    Think of it: zillions and zillions of organisms running around, each under the hypnotic spell of a single truth, all these truths identical, and all logically incompatible with one another : 'My hereditary material is the most important material on earth; its survival justifies your frustration, pain, even death'. And you are one of those organisms, living your life in the thrall of a logical absurdity.

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