Absurdly



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

To establishment Republicans and Democrats, that sounds like an absurdly narrow and implausible vision.
Why The Zombie Tea Party Won’t Stay Dead James Poulos October 23, 2013

The most illuminating critical remark on Lardner came from an absurdly unlikely source, Virginia Woolf.
The Forgotten Genius of Ring Lardner Allen Barra August 31, 2013

But the image of Chavez as a “brutal dictator” is absurdly overblown.
Obama’s Frenemies Matthew Yglesias April 20, 2009

The people must be absurdly wholesome and non-threatening looking, of course.
Michael Tomasky on Why Obama Shouldn’t Defend Gay Marriage (For Now) Michael Tomasky March 23, 2012

Everyone is absurdly made up; wigs often appear; nail polish is de rigueur.
A Brilliant Web Overdose Blake Gopnik June 23, 2011

Historical Examples

The common ways of accounting for its success would be absurdly ridiculous and amusing were they not so sadly unbelieving.
George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson

If they are Mrs. Berry’s, as you absurdly pretend to think they are, again you have no claim.
Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln

Behind the mask of her composure Lucinda was absurdly agitated and, on that account, a little angry.
Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance

His sense of the ridiculous is absurdly out of proportion to his serious side.
Mixed Faces Roy Norton

All that evening the memory of the little square volume would keep recurring most absurdly.
The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan

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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