What is the meaning of absurd?


  • A situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless."The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth-Albert Camus


  • Inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense. "the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant- Walter Lippman
  • Incongruous; inviting ridicule.
    • usage: "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"
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