Origin of absurdFrench absurde from Classical Latin absurdus, not to be heard of from ab-, intensive + surdus, dull, deaf, insensible
- 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.
- 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.
The condition or state in which humans exist in an absurd universe, without meaning or purpose. Used chiefly with the.
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.
- 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.
- It had an absurd ritual and a strange uniform.
- He is a most absent-minded and absurd fellow, but he has a heart of gold.
- I'm curious, and it's absurd I'm not allowed to talk to anyone!
- The idea was absurd, even for someone as chauvinistic as Romas.
- Leaning back against the counter, she laughed out loud at her absurd thought.