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An extreme instance of reductio ad absurdum.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), philosopher, economist, and advocate of women's rights. From classical Latin reductiō reduction + ad to + absurdissimum, use as noun of absurdissimus, superlative of absurdus, after reductio ad absurdum.
reductio ad absurdissimum/rɪˌdʌktɪəʊ ad absəːˈdɪsɪməm/
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