Definition of absurd in English:



  • 1Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

    ‘the allegations are patently absurd’
    ‘so you think I'm a spy? How absurd!’
    ‘she was being absurd—and imagining things’
    ‘he had a keen eye for the incongruous and the absurd’
    • ‘What made him think of such an outrageously absurd idea I can't say for sure.’
    • ‘These notions, as absurd and preposterous as they might seem to us, were taken as gospel truth by millions of pious Christians.’
    • ‘But the principle is absurd and irrational as far as the international community is concerned.’
    • ‘To make excuses for such blatant stupidity is even more absurd.’
    • ‘The level of outrage is absurd: it's front page news and questions have been asked in Parliament.’
    • ‘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 is absurd to blame schools with high standards for other schools having low standards.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to blame Aristotle for his conceptual poverty: poverty is a lack, not a failing.’
    • ‘‘It's an absurd nonsense that Parliament should not sit for two and a half months,’ he says.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to blame Vodafone for terrorists chatting across their network.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was absurd, insane, and downright dangerous, but it was an idea.’
    • ‘It's like one of the rules of cross-examination - leave irrational and absurd answers where they lie.’
    • ‘Prime Minister John Howard says the comments are absurd and monstrous.’
    • ‘In my view, his evidence is patently absurd, unreasonable, and not remotely believable.’
    • ‘Its also absurd to try to blame this on gun-ownership.’
    • ‘When that happens heads are going to roll even if it happens in such a way so that placing blame is absurd.’
    • ‘By the end of the programme, it was athletes and fans who hung themselves in public with their own illogical justifications and absurd piety.’
    • ‘It is absurd to blame current difficulties on any state's governor, Republican or Democrat.’
    preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
    idiotic, stupid, foolish, silly, inane, imbecilic, insane, hare-brained
    unreasonable, irrational, illogical, nonsensical, pointless, senseless
    outrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, fantastic, incongruous, grotesque
    unbelievable, incredible, unthinkable, implausible
    barmy, daft
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    1. 1.1Arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous.
      ‘gym shorts and knee socks looked absurd on such a tall girl’
      • ‘His grotesque and absurd characters committed gross, outrageous acts.’
      • ‘The likes of me have given up having opinions about the monarchy: cruel to knock them, when everyone knows they're absurd.’
      • ‘The result is a mixed platter: Hilariously absurd one minute, farcically annoying the next, and damn surreal all of the time.’
      • ‘The reason I was attracted to it in the first place is because people are absurd.’
      • ‘The humorously absurd mood is set up from the start.’
      • ‘The man is completely fearless, has a wildly absurd sense of humor, and is apparently a complete innocent.’
      • ‘It has become overpriced, overrated and overrun with ridiculous people who live absurd lives.’
      • ‘The town described by Kipling in Plain Tales from the Hills seemed a wonderfully absurd Victorian fantasy.’
      • ‘‘Log’ is a pointless, absurd song, which makes me cry almost every time I hear it.’
      • ‘And on that note, the whole thing about chocolate being good for you is equally absurd.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm all out of amusing anecdotes and absurd ruminations.’
      • ‘It was that kind of day: a ridiculous number of substitutions, 19, and an entertaining but equally absurd amount of goals.’
      • ‘The customers' terrified looks therefore appear in a somewhat absurd and comical light.’
      • ‘All of Cohen's characters are absurd, and they push people towards extremes on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He created an absurd and funny universe that, though ridiculous, always seemed real and sincere.’
      • ‘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 last resort for sticking to production deadlines has obviously been trading humour for outrage, for the movie is as outrageous as it is absurd.’
      • ‘A bizarre, incredibly absurd play which I think failed to hit the mark.’
      • ‘It's an absurd ritual, and funny, yet his little trek affords a lovely view and brings him into contact with fellow passers-by.’
      • ‘He plays the part of the semi-moronic, innocently brutal Quentin with as much conviction as one can muster for such an absurd character.’
      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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Mid 16th century: from Latin absurdus out of tune hence irrational; related to surdus deaf, dull.