Absurd



utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false:
an absurd explanation.
the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
Contemporary Examples

Demanding that Johnson come up with a strategy to repeal Obamacare or else destroy the economy and the country is absurd.
Mark Levin-Ron Johnson Fight Explains the Shutdown Perfectly Pete Dominick October 17, 2013

At Slate, Matthew Yglesias called the gesture simply “absurd.”
Four Reasons Why Obama’s Week Totally Sucked (and One Reason It Didn’t) Melissa Leon April 5, 2013

But even so, this is a big thing, and the discrepancy is absurd.
Montana vs. the Supreme Court Michael Tomasky May 22, 2012

As usual, he was talking about being in one absurd place after another.
Errol Morris’ Sensational ‘Tabloid’ Doc Marlow Stern July 15, 2011

“This shows you how silly and how simple-minded politics can be—just absurd,” Ford says.
Harold Ford’s Perpetual Campaign Lloyd Grove, Samuel P. Jacobs September 12, 2010

Historical Examples

The absurd name “dog” having been given on account of its “bark.”
Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton

This thing of marriage being the end of all things was absurd.
K Mary Roberts Rinehart

One might think that she was frightened, but with him—that was absurd.
The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring

This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

Having gone so far into the scheme, it was absurd to let a trifle stop me.
Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown

adjective
at variance with reason; manifestly false
ludicrous; ridiculous
noun
(sometimes capital) (philosophy) the absurd, the conception of the world, esp in Existentialist thought, as neither designed nor predictable but irrational and meaningless
adj.

1550s, from Middle French absurde (16c.), from Latin absurdus “out of tune; foolish” (see absurdity). The main modern sense (also present in Latin) is a figurative one, “out of harmony with reason or propriety.” Related: Absurdly; absurdness.

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