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The quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable.‘Duncan laughed at the absurdity of the situation’count noun ‘the absurdities of haute cuisine’
preposterousness, ridiculousness, ludicrousness, absurdness, farcicality, risibilityView synonyms
- ‘It's a hilarious film full of gems of comic absurdity that are mixed in with nonchalant understatement.’
- ‘His deft touch and ability to extract humour and absurdity from the ordinary extends beyond directing movies.’
- ‘And the traces of this absurdity are visible in the mien of our politicians.’
- ‘At times the explanatory zeal of the commentators impels them into excess and absurdity.’
- ‘And this sense of our own absurdity is vital; it is what pulls me out of self-absorption.’
- ‘Tautology and absurdity are never far apart in Harry's spiels, but this one takes some beating.’
- ‘So the occasional Leftist claim that my work was sympathetic to Nazism is the height of absurdity.’
- ‘It also tells us about his wonderful talent for reducing all the most serious moments of life to a kind of cheerful absurdity.’
- ‘As the family gather round to see her off in 1988, Lily reflects on both her past and the sheer absurdity of life.’
- ‘The sheer absurdity of the situation he recounts would be very amusing were it not so utterly pathetic.’
- ‘Last year one MP tried to remove this legal absurdity with a Private Members Bill but failed.’
- ‘Consumerism reaches ever-higher levels of absurdity, yet most of us are blind to it.’
- ‘For Camus, the recognition of absurdity cannot be shrugged off with an ironic smile.’
- ‘There may well be a few cases where teachers and others, from the best of motives, stray into absurdity.’
- ‘They hobble out of their limousines, bowing in all their pristine, extravagant absurdity.’
- ‘The result is an airless Oedipal drama, with a persistent and inescapable note of absurdity.’
- ‘Whether he is fit for the job is, of course, irrelevant to the continuing absurdity of the job itself.’
- ‘They have made us think about ourselves by making us laugh at our own absurdity.’
- ‘Being married is so normal until I think about it, and then it is a maze of surreal absurdity.’
- ‘I can't think of a post sarcastic enough to do justice to this absurdity at the moment.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dissonance’): from Latin absurditas, from absurdus (see absurd).
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