Definition of absurd in English:

absurd

adjective

  • 1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

    ‘the allegations are patently absurd’
    • ‘Prime Minister John Howard says the comments are absurd and monstrous.’
    • ‘It's like one of the rules of cross-examination - leave irrational and absurd answers where they lie.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to blame Aristotle for his conceptual poverty: poverty is a lack, not a failing.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to blame Vodafone for terrorists chatting across their network.’
    • ‘These notions, as absurd and preposterous as they might seem to us, were taken as gospel truth by millions of pious Christians.’
    • ‘To make excuses for such blatant stupidity is even more absurd.’
    • ‘But the principle is absurd and irrational as far as the international community is concerned.’
    • ‘When that happens heads are going to roll even if it happens in such a way so that placing blame is absurd.’
    • ‘What made him think of such an outrageously absurd idea I can't say for sure.’
    • ‘However, it is absurd to place primary blame on the players for this situation.’
    • ‘That is the sort of absurd nonsense that has been driving the other side of the debate.’
    • ‘By the end of the programme, it was athletes and fans who hung themselves in public with their own illogical justifications and absurd piety.’
    • ‘Its also absurd to try to blame this on gun-ownership.’
    • ‘It was absurd, insane, and downright dangerous, but it was an idea.’
    • ‘This was the sort of absurd nonsense that I had painstakingly ignored all the years of my life, and it had finally come back to haunt me.’
    • ‘‘It's an absurd nonsense that Parliament should not sit for two and a half months,’ he says.’
    • ‘The level of outrage is absurd: it's front page news and questions have been asked in Parliament.’
    • ‘It is absurd to blame schools with high standards for other schools having low standards.’
    • ‘In my view, his evidence is patently absurd, unreasonable, and not remotely believable.’
    • ‘It is absurd to blame current difficulties on any state's governor, Republican or Democrat.’
    preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
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    1. 1.1 Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous.
      ‘it may look absurd, but having a treadmill desk could improve your attention span’
      • ‘The humorously absurd mood is set up from the start.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, there are laughs to be had; wrestlers are, of course, innately absurd figures.’
      • ‘The sets were shoddy, the costumes gaudy and sometimes absurd, and the music inappropriate.’
      • ‘The reason I was attracted to it in the first place is because people are absurd.’
      • ‘The customers' terrified looks therefore appear in a somewhat absurd and comical light.’
      • ‘It was that kind of day: a ridiculous number of substitutions, 19, and an entertaining but equally absurd amount of goals.’
      • ‘The result is a mixed platter: Hilariously absurd one minute, farcically annoying the next, and damn surreal all of the time.’
      • ‘‘Log’ is a pointless, absurd song, which makes me cry almost every time I hear it.’
      • ‘I'm all out of amusing anecdotes and absurd ruminations.’
      • ‘His grotesque and absurd characters committed gross, outrageous acts.’
      • ‘The last resort for sticking to production deadlines has obviously been trading humour for outrage, for the movie is as outrageous as it is absurd.’
      • ‘He created an absurd and funny universe that, though ridiculous, always seemed real and sincere.’
      • ‘And on that note, the whole thing about chocolate being good for you is equally absurd.’
      • ‘The man is completely fearless, has a wildly absurd sense of humor, and is apparently a complete innocent.’
      • ‘In my endless pursuit of funny stories about Eskimo words for snow, I've found friends who will send me absurd comics about it, too.’
      • ‘He plays the part of the semi-moronic, innocently brutal Quentin with as much conviction as one can muster for such an absurd character.’
      • ‘It's an absurd ritual, and funny, yet his little trek affords a lovely view and brings him into contact with fellow passers-by.’
      • ‘It has become overpriced, overrated and overrun with ridiculous people who live absurd lives.’
      • ‘The likes of me have given up having opinions about the monarchy: cruel to knock them, when everyone knows they're absurd.’
      • ‘All of Cohen's characters are absurd, and they push people towards extremes on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The town described by Kipling in Plain Tales from the Hills seemed a wonderfully absurd Victorian fantasy.’
      • ‘A bizarre, incredibly absurd play which I think failed to hit the mark.’
      laughable, ridiculous, comical, comic, amusing, funny, chucklesome, hilarious, humorous, droll, entertaining, diverting, farcical, slapstick, silly, facetious, ludicrous, hysterical, uproarious, riotous, side-splitting, zany, grotesque
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noun

the absurd
  • An absurd state of affairs.

    ‘the incidents that followed bordered on the absurd’
    • ‘So they are forced to construct an ideology of the absurd.’
    • ‘Security measures for local flights border on the absurd.’
    • ‘This statement is so untrue that it borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘Others found solace in deep religious faith, or redefined life in terms of the absurd.’
    • ‘His refusal to give de Valera credit for his international diplomacy in the 1930s borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘Who could this ruthless new satirist be, who had parachuted unannounced into the Scottish media, with so sharp a knife and so keen a sense of the absurd?’
    • ‘It borders on the absurd for the mourner to dance gleefully while his parent lies dead in a fresh grave.’
    • ‘The voice carries an Eastern European's lack of surprise before the trauma of history and an inclination towards the abstract and the absurd.’
    • ‘Will anyone else be watching this spectacle of the absurd?’
    • ‘Where it is not downright unpleasant, the situation lapses into the absurd.’
    • ‘Yes, well, you often see the absurd in situations that seem quite normal to others.’
    • ‘With its mix of voyeurism, suffering and pointlessness, this is a lovely, mute excursion into the theatre of the absurd.’
    • ‘For understandable reasons we prefer to think of ourselves as rational agents who live meaningful lives rather than as muddled actors in a theatre of the absurd.’
    • ‘The idea that raw-milk cheese poses a public-health menace in the same category as cigarettes borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘Administrative and political life is corrupt, and the bureaucracy often borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘While such criticism is certainly fair and reasonable, the calls for Little's scalp as manager border on the absurd.’
    • ‘Martin's presumptuous and unproven speculation borders on the absurd.’
    • ‘When I think of the present it appears to be a drama of the absurd.’
    • ‘It is equally suitable for adults and children, and all it requires is an audience that is prepared to embrace the absurd.’
    • ‘The advice given to those affected by the potato blight bordered on the absurd.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin absurdus ‘out of tune’, hence ‘irrational’; related to surdus ‘deaf, dull’.

Pronunciation

absurd

/əbˈsəːd/