absurd

[ษ™bหˆsษœหrd]

absurd Definition

  • 1wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate
  • 2ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable
  • 3having no rational or orderly relationship to human life

Using absurd: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "absurd" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is absurd to suggest that she would deliberately harm her own children.

  • Example

    The idea that the earth is flat is completely absurd.

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    The absurdity of the situation was not lost on anyone.

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    The play was full of absurd humor and surreal imagery.

absurd Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with absurd

  • a type of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development

    Example

    Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' is a classic example of theater of the absurd.

  • extremely overpriced or costly

    Example

    The hotel charged absurdly expensive rates during the peak season.

  • extremely simple or easy to do

    Example

    The test was absurdly easy, and most students finished it in less than half an hour.

Origins of absurd

from Latin 'absurdus', meaning 'out of tune'

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Summary: absurd in Brief

The term 'absurd' [ษ™bหˆsษœหrd] refers to something that is wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate. It can also denote something that is ridiculously incongruous or having no rational or orderly relationship to human life. Examples include 'The idea that the earth is flat is completely absurd.' and 'The play was full of absurd humor and surreal imagery.' 'Absurd' extends into phrases like 'theater of the absurd,' and idioms like 'absurdly expensive,' denoting extreme overpricing, and 'absurdly easy,' implying extreme simplicity.

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