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absurd - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'absurd' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Absurd [ a.]
- 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.
2 . Absurd [ n.]
- An absurdity.

Meaning of 'absurd' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . absurd [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
Example in sentence:
  • The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth
2 . absurd [ s]
Meaning (2):
- so unreasonable as to invite derision
Example in sentence:
  • a contribution so small as to be laughable;
  • a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history;
  • ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer;
  • her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous;
  • it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion;
  • that's a cockeyed idea;
  • the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework
Meaning (3):
- inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
Example in sentence:
  • the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant