One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Out of tune; unharmonious, dissonant.
2Incongruous, absurd; unreasonable.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Martin Fotherby (c1560–1620), bishop of Salisbury. From classical Latin absonus of unpleasant sound, harsh, discordant, unpleasing in effect, in bad taste, inconsistent + -ous.
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