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Meaning of ABSURD

Pronunciation:  ab'surd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense; "the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter Lippman
  2. [adj]  completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"

ABSURD is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: derisory, foolish, illogical, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous, unlogical, unreasonable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab*surd"\, a. [L. absurdus harsh-sounding; ab + (prob) a
    derivative fr. a root svar to sound; not connected with surd:
    cf. F. absurde. See {Syringe}.]
    Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and fiatly opposed
    to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of
    common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical;
    ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an
    absurd dream.
          This proffer is absurd and reasonless.   --Shak.
          'This phrase absurd to call a villain great. --Pope.
                                                   --p. 9
    Syn: Foolish; irrational; ridiculous; preposterous;
         inconsistent; incongruous.
    Usage: {Absurd}, {Irrational}, {Foolish}, {Preposterous}. Of
           these terms, irrational is the weakest, denoting that
           which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of
           sound reason; as, an irrational course of life.
           Foolish rises higher, and implies either a perversion
           of that faculty, or an absolute weakness or fatuity of
           mind; as, foolish enterprises. Absurd rises still
           higher, denoting that which is plainly opposed to
           received notions of propriety and truth; as, an absurd
           man, project, opinion, story, argument, etc.
           Preposterous rises still higher, and supposes an
           absolute inversion in the order of things; or, in
           plain terms, a ``putting of the cart before the
           horse;'' as, a preposterous suggestion, preposterous
           conduct, a preposterous regulation or law.
  2. \Ab*surd"\ ([a^]b*s[^u]rd"), n.
    An absurdity. [Obs.] --Pope.
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