Absurd - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əbˈsɜːrd|  American pronunciation of the word absurd
Brit.  |əbˈsəːd|  British pronunciation of the word absurd
- a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth
- inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant
- so unreasonable as to invite derision (syn: cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous)
the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework

Examples

The charges against him are obviously absurd.

...absurd claims of having been abducted by UFO's...

It was absurd to leave such a large tip.

It's absurd that we have to get up so early.

Parkinson had a sharp eye for the absurd.

It seems quite absurd to expect anyone to drive for 3 hours just for a 20 minute meeting.

It seems an absurd idea.

What an absurd idea!

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth

the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant

the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework

...the absurd notion that early cave dwellers were contemporary with the dinosaurs...

...it's absurd to suggest that there's an equality in the evil committed by the Nazis and the crimes of the government of that Asian country...

...her absurd explanation for the collision was a parcel of lies...

...I wouldn't deign to answer that absurd accusation....

Word forms

adjective
singular: absurdity
plural: absurdities
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