absurd[ab sʉrd′, -zʉrd′; əb-]
- The definition of absurd is something that is so untrue or impossible it is funny.
An example of absurd is a child telling a story about a dinosaur eating their homework.
Origin of absurdFrench absurde ; from Classical Latin absurdus, not to be heard of ; from ab-, intensive + surdus, dull, deaf, insensible
- a. Extremely unreasonable, incongruous, or inappropriate: an absurd request.b. Impossible to take seriously; silly: a character who goes through many absurd adventures. See Synonyms at foolish.
- Of, relating to, or manifesting the view that there is no order or meaning in human life or in the universe.
- Of or relating to absurdism.
Origin of absurdLatin absurdus, out of tune, absurd : ab-, intensive pref.; see ab–1 + surdus, deaf, muffled.
- ab·surd′i·ty , ab·surd′ness
(comparative absurder or more absurd, superlative absurdest or most absurd)
- Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; silly. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- Having no rational or orderly relationship to people's lives; meaningless; lacking order or value.
- Adults have condemned them to live in what must seem like an absurd universe. - Joseph Featherstone
- Dealing with absurdism.
- More and most absurd are the preferred or more common form of the comparable, as opposed to absurder and absurdest.
- Among the synonyms:
- 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.
- (philosophy): Absurd is sometimes preceded by the word the.