Definition of absurdity in English:



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