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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-surd, -zurd]
    • /æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd/
    • /əbˈsɜːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-surd, -zurd]
    • /æbˈsɜrd, -ˈzɜrd/

Definitions of absurd word

  • adjective absurd If you say that something is absurd, you are criticizing it because you think that it is ridiculous or that it does not make sense. 3
  • adjective absurd The absurd is something that is absurd. 3
  • adjective absurd at variance with reason; manifestly false 3
  • adjective absurd ludicrous; ridiculous 3
  • adjective absurd so clearly untrue or unreasonable as to be laughable or ridiculous 3
  • adjective absurd utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation. 1

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Origin of absurd

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60, absurd is from the Latin word absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd

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Parts of speech for Absurd


absurd popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for absurd

adj absurd

  • crazy — If you describe someone or something as crazy, you think they are very foolish or strange.
  • illogical — not logical; contrary to or disregardful of the rules of logic; unreasoning: an illogical reply.
  • ludicrous — causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable: a ludicrous lack of efficiency.
  • unreasonable — not reasonable or rational; acting at variance with or contrary to reason; not guided by reason or sound judgment; irrational: an unreasonable person.
  • goofy — ridiculous; silly; wacky; nutty: a goofy little hat.

adjective absurd

  • ridiculous — causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable: a ridiculous plan.
  • strange — unusual, extraordinary, or curious; odd; queer: a strange remark to make.
  • bizarre — Something that is bizarre is very odd and strange.
  • farcical — pertaining to or of the nature of farce.
  • senseless — destitute or deprived of sensation; unconscious.

Antonyms for absurd

adj absurd

  • sensible — having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.
  • logical — according to or agreeing with the principles of logic: a logical inference.
  • rational — agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible: a rational plan for economic development.
  • wise — having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
  • realistic — interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.

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