absurd (n.)

  1. a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless; The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth--Albert Camus

    [ Syn: the absurd ]

    absurd (adj.)

  1. 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

  2. incongruous;inviting ridicule; the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework; thats 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

    [ Syn: cockeyed , derisory , idiotic , laughable , ludicrous , nonsensical , preposterous , ridiculous ]

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