Associations to the word «Absurd»


ABSURD, adjective. Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; silly. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
ABSURD, adjective. (obsolete) Inharmonious; dissonant. [Attested only in the early 17th century.]
ABSURD, adjective. Having no rational or orderly relationship to people's lives; meaningless; lacking order or value.
ABSURD, adjective. Dealing with absurdism.
ABSURD, noun. (obsolete) An absurdity. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 17th century.]
ABSURD, noun. (philosophy) (often preceded by the) The opposition between the human search for meaning in life and the inability to find any; the state or condition in which man exists in an irrational universe and his life has no meaning outside of his existence. [First attested in English in the early 20th century and first used in the mid-19th century in Danish by Kierkegaard.]

Dictionary definition

ABSURD, noun. A situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless; "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"--Albert Camus.
ABSURD, adjective. 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.
ABSURD, adjective. Incongruous;inviting ridicule; "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".

Wise words

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.