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absurd

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Absurd \Ab*surd"\ ([a^]b*s[^u]rd"), adjective [L. absurdus harsh-sounding; ab + (prob) a derivative fr. a root svar to sound; not connected with surd: cf. F. absurde. See {Syringe}.] Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly 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.

This proffer is absurd and reasonless. --Shak.

'This phrase absurd to call a villain great. --Pope. --p. 9

Syn: Foolish; irrational; ridiculous; preposterous; inconsistent; incongruous.

Usage: {Absurd}, {Irrational}, {Foolish}, {Preposterous}. Of these terms, irrational is the weakest, denoting that which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of sound reason; as, an irrational course of life. Foolish rises higher, and implies either a perversion of that faculty, or an absolute weakness or fatuity of mind; as, foolish enterprises. Absurd rises still higher, denoting that which is plainly opposed to received notions of propriety and truth; as, an absurd man, project, opinion, story, argument, etc. Preposterous rises still higher, and supposes an absolute inversion in the order of things; or, in plain terms, a "putting of the cart before the horse;" as, a preposterous suggestion, preposterous conduct, a preposterous regulation or law.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Absurd \Ab*surd"\ ([a^]b*s[^u]rd"), noun An absurdity. [Obs.] --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

absurd

adjective

1: 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

2: 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" [syn: {absurd}, {cockeyed}, {derisory}, {idiotic}, {laughable}, {ludicrous}, {nonsensical}, {preposterous}, {ridiculous}]

noun

1: a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless; "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"-- Albert Camus [syn: {absurd}, {the absurd}]

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