- Contrary to explanation or propriety demonstrably and flatly opposed to manifest truth inconsistent aided by the simple dictates of good judgment logically contradictory nonsensical ridiculous as an absurd person an absurd opinion an absurd fantasy
- therefore unreasonable regarding ask derision
- inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
- a situation in which life appears irrational and meaningless
- Contrary to reason or propriety; clearly and fiatly in opposition to manifest truth; inconsistent utilizing the simple dictates of wise practice; logically contradictory; nonsensical; absurd; since, an ridiculous person, an absurd opinion; an outrageous fantasy.
- An absurdity.
1550s, from center French absurde (16c.), from Latin absurdus "out of track; silly" (see absurdity). The primary contemporary good sense (in addition contained in Latin) is a figurative one, "out of harmony with reason or propriety." Related: Absurdly; absurdness.
- cockamamie [Am.] [coll.]
- cockeyed [coll.] [fig.]
- grotesque [idea, proposal, allegation]
- off-wall [Am.] [sl.]
- rich [coll.] [absurd]
- screwball [esp. Am.] [coll.]
(a.) Contrary to explanation or propriety; clearly and fiatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent utilizing the ordinary dictates of good judgment; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream.
- (n.) An absurdity.
All men may perhaps be aiming everywhere at the same moral ideal,' but it is absurd to.