Absurd meaning

əb-sûrd, -zûrd
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.

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Of or relating to absurdism.
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(philosophy) The opposition between the human search for meaning in life and the inability to find any; the state or condition in which man exists in an irrational universe and his life has no meaning outside of his existence. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
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The condition or state in which humans exist in an absurd universe, without meaning or purpose. Used chiefly with the.
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So clearly untrue or unreasonable as to be laughable or ridiculous.
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Having no rational or orderly relationship to people's lives; meaningless; lacking order or value.
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Dealing with absurdism.
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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.]
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Of, relating to, or manifesting the view that there is no order or meaning in human life or in the universe.
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Origin of absurd

  • Latin absurdus out of tune, absurd ab- intensive pref. ab–1 surdus deaf, muffled

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1557. From Middle French absurde, from Latin absurdus (“incongruous, dissonant, out of tune”), from ab (“away from, out”) + surdus (“silent, deaf, dull-sounding”). Compare surd.

    From Wiktionary