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Etymology[]

Latin absurdus (discordant, unreasonable), from ab + surdus (deaf). Probably derived from the root svar (to sound); not connected with surd: compare French absurde.

Pronunciation[]

Adjective[]

Absurd (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
Absurd

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous.
    • This proffer is absurd and reasonless. - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, V-iv
    • This phrase absurd to call a villain great. - Alexander Pope

Usage notes[]

  • Said of people, opinions, dreams, etc.

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.

Synonyms[]

  • foolish, irrational, ridiculous, preposterous, inconsistent, incongruous, ludicrous
  • See also Wikisaurus:absurd

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Noun[]

Singular
Absurd

Plural
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Absurd ({{{1}}})

  1. (obsolete) An absurdity. — Alexander Pope
  2. (with the) That which is absurd.

Derived terms[]

  • theatre of the absurd

Translations[]

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Danish[]

Etymology[]

From Latin absurdus (discordant, unreasonable).

Pronunciation[]

  • IPA: /absurd/, [ɑbˈsuɐ̯ˀd̥]

Adjective[]

Absurd (neuter absurd, definite and plural absurde)

  1. absurd
  2. (adverbial) absurdly

Derived terms[]

  • absurditet

German[]

Adjective[]

Template:De-adj

  1. absurd

Polish[]

Pronunciation[]

Noun[]

Absurd m.

  1. nonsense
    Jego propozycje to jeden wielki absurd.
    His suggestions are one big nonsense.

Declension[]

Derived terms[]

  • absurdalnyadjective absurd

Swedish[]

Adjective[]

Absurd Template:Sv-adj-peri

  1. absurd

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