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

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Joseph Conrad