Adjective "absurd" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.
  1. 'Prime Minister John Howard says the comments are absurd and monstrous.'
  2. 'In my view, his evidence is patently absurd, unreasonable, and not remotely believable.'
  3. '‘It's an absurd nonsense that Parliament should not sit for two and a half months,’ he says.'
  4. 'But the principle is absurd and irrational as far as the international community is concerned.'
  5. 'By the end of the programme, it was athletes and fans who hung themselves in public with their own illogical justifications and absurd piety.'
  6. 'This was the sort of absurd nonsense that I had painstakingly ignored all the years of my life, and it had finally come back to haunt me.'
  7. 'When that happens heads are going to roll even if it happens in such a way so that placing blame is absurd.'
  8. 'Its also absurd to try to blame this on gun-ownership.'
  9. 'However, it is absurd to place primary blame on the players for this situation.'
  10. 'That is the sort of absurd nonsense that has been driving the other side of the debate.'
  11. 'it may look absurd, but having a treadmill desk could improve your attention span'
  12. 'All of Cohen's characters are absurd, and they push people towards extremes on a regular basis.'
  13. 'It was that kind of day: a ridiculous number of substitutions, 19, and an entertaining but equally absurd amount of goals.'
  14. 'He plays the part of the semi-moronic, innocently brutal Quentin with as much conviction as one can muster for such an absurd character.'
  15. 'The humorously absurd mood is set up from the start.'
  16. 'He created an absurd and funny universe that, though ridiculous, always seemed real and sincere.'
  17. 'It has become overpriced, overrated and overrun with ridiculous people who live absurd lives.'
  18. 'The likes of me have given up having opinions about the monarchy: cruel to knock them, when everyone knows they're absurd.'
  19. 'Not surprisingly, there are laughs to be had; wrestlers are, of course, innately absurd figures.'
  20. 'And on that note, the whole thing about chocolate being good for you is equally absurd.'
  21. '‘Log’ is a pointless, absurd song, which makes me cry almost every time I hear it.'
  22. 'I'm all out of amusing anecdotes and absurd ruminations.'


An absurd state of affairs.
  1. 'While such criticism is certainly fair and reasonable, the calls for Little's scalp as manager border on the absurd.'
  2. 'The idea that raw-milk cheese poses a public-health menace in the same category as cigarettes borders on the absurd.'
  3. 'Martin's presumptuous and unproven speculation borders on the absurd.'
  4. 'Who could this ruthless new satirist be, who had parachuted unannounced into the Scottish media, with so sharp a knife and so keen a sense of the absurd?'
  5. 'When I think of the present it appears to be a drama of the absurd.'
  6. 'This statement is so untrue that it borders on the absurd.'
  7. 'Yes, well, you often see the absurd in situations that seem quite normal to others.'
  8. 'It borders on the absurd for the mourner to dance gleefully while his parent lies dead in a fresh grave.'
  9. 'Administrative and political life is corrupt, and the bureaucracy often borders on the absurd.'
  10. 'It is equally suitable for adults and children, and all it requires is an audience that is prepared to embrace the absurd.'


1. utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation. noun

2. the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.

More examples(as adjective)

"forces can be absurd as things."

"concepts can be absurd on faces."

"teachers can be absurd in ways."

"sights can be absurd to anies."

"propositions can be absurd in itselfs."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin absurdus ‘out of tune’, hence ‘irrational’; related to surdus ‘deaf, dull’.