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The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
Luc de Clapiers

Meaning of "absurd" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ABSURD

Via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ABSURD

absurd  [əbˈsɜːd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ABSURD

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Absurd can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES ABSURD MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of absurd in the English dictionary

The definition of absurd in the dictionary is at variance with reason; manifestly false. Other definition of absurd is ludicrous; ridiculous.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ABSURD


bird
bɜːd
bluebird
ˈbluːˌbɜːd
blurred
blɜːd
Byrd
bɜːd
crossword
ˈkrɒswɜːd
deferred
dɪˈfɜːd
firebird
ˈfaɪəˌbɜːd
heard
hɜːd
herd
hɜːd
hummingbird
ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜːd
Hurd
hɜːd
keyword
ˈkiːˌwɜːd
nerd
nɜːd
password
ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd
preferred
prɪˈfɜːd
surd
sɜːd
third
θɜːd
thunderbird
ˈθʌndəˌbɜːd
Verde
vɜːd
word
wɜːd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ABSURD

abstraction
abstractional
abstractionism
abstractionist
abstractive
abstractively
abstractly
abstractness
abstractor
abstrict
abstriction
abstruse
abstrusely
abstruseness
abstrusity
absurdism
absurdist
absurdity
absurdly
absurdness

WORDS THAT END LIKE ABSURD

bean curd
bottle gourd
bourd
curd
dishcloth gourd
Douglas Hurd
gourd
Kurd
lemon curd
nurd
Sigurd
sour gourd
the absurd
theatre of the absurd
turd
urd

Synonyms and antonyms of absurd in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ABSURD»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «absurd» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of absurd

Translation of «absurd» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ABSURD

Find out the translation of absurd to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of absurd from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «absurd» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

荒唐的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

absurdo
570 millions of speakers

English

absurd
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बेतुका
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سَخِيف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

абсурдный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

absurdo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কিম্ভুতকিমাকার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

absurde
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak masuk akal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

absurd
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ばかげた
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불합리한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Absurd
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngớ ngẩn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அபத்தமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हास्यास्पद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

saçma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

assurdo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

absurdalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

безглуздий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

absurd
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

παράλογος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

absurd
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

absurd
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

absurd
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of absurd

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ABSURD»

The term «absurd» is very widely used and occupies the 17.951 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ABSURD» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about absurd

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10 QUOTES WITH «ABSURD»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word absurd.
1
George Pierce Baker
In the best farce today we start with some absurd premise as to character or situation, but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.
2
Javier Bardem
Sometimes I say to myself, what are you doing in this absurd job? Why don't you go to Africa and help people? But I cannot help people, because I am a hypochondriac.
3
John Barton
I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me.
4
Jennifer Beals
My husband does so many romantic things for me, it's absurd.
5
Paul Bettany
So the actual privilege is that you can then take time off - and if you don't, you're a fool. You're earning all this money to support children whom you then don't see, which is absurd.
6
Miguel de Cervantes
In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
7
Luc de Clapiers
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
8
Adam Clarke
Now it would be as absurd to deny the existence of God, because we cannot see him, as it would be to deny the existence of the air or wind, because we cannot see it.
9
Bruce Cockburn
I remember when the idea of living to be 40 seemed absurd.
10
Dominic Cooper
We want to pigeonhole things and people, but it is absurd to regard me just as a furry wig-and-britches actor.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ABSURD»

Discover the use of absurd in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to absurd and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Absurd in Literature
Neil Cornwell presents a study of the absurd, covering fiction and theatre.
Neil Cornwell, 2006
2
The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern ...
Crosby (philosophy, Colo.
Donald A. Crosby, 1988
3
Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd
This book is an attempt to read the totality of Camus's oeuvre as a voyage, in which Camus approaches the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the meaning of life?
Abraham Sagi, 2002
4
Management of the Absurd
Challenging managers to reexamine their assumptions about effective leadership, a study of organizations and human relations explores thirty paradoxical situations and the impact of effective leadership. Reprint.
Richard Farson, 1997
5
Growing Up Absurd
In this book, the author assumes that the young really need a more worthwhile world in order to grow up at all, and confronts this real need with the world that they have been getting.
Paul Goodman, 2012
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Totally Absurd Inventions: America's Goofiest Patents
Each of the nearly 100 off-the-wall inventions unearthed for this collection features the detailed patent application illustration and a lively description of the bizarre proposed creation. Need to know when your baby's diaper is dirty?
Ted Vancleave, 2001
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Architecture of the absurd: how "genius" disfigured a ...
In this tour of contemporary architecture, John Silber exposes the wilful disdain of \'genius\' architects for their clients, their budgets and the people who live or work inside their creations.
John Silber, 2007
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An Absurd Vice: A Biography of Cesare Pavese
With well-balanced affection and blame, it presents a portrait of the prize-winning author of The House on the Hill, Work Wearies, and other books of fiction and poetry, dedicated editor at the Einaudi Publishing House, and renowned ...
Davide Lajolo, 1983
9
But That's Absurd: A Tall Story Without That Most Common ...
Paul is an ordinary lad who on waking up on an ordinary day, just cannot talk normally, mouthing occasional words but mostly struck dumb.
Gordon John Harrison, 2011
10
Contemporary American Novelists of the Absurd
Examines the themes and styles of the absurdist novelists Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Thomas Pynchon, and John Barth
Charles H. Harris, Charles B. Harris, 1972

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ABSURD»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term absurd is used in the context of the following news items.
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WATCH: Carli Lloyd scores absurd goal from midfield in final vs. Japan
Take a bow, Carli Lloyd. A hat trick in 16 minutes is already absurd. Even more absurd when the third goal is from behind the midfield line in the ... «CBSSports.com, Jul 15»
2
NFF and Keshi | A dance of the absurd
The Nigeria Football Federation played the joker that has been up its sleeve for a long time – they sacked Stephen Keshi for a third time on ... «Premium Times, Jul 15»
3
Hiassen: Scott vetoes put a knife in absurd projects
A jaw-dropping event occurred behind closed doors in Tallahassee two weeks ago. Gov. Rick Scott actually did something gubernatorial. «Florida Today, Jul 15»
4
Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, 'Just Lie …
Browse the full Absurd Creature of the Week archive here. Know of an animal you want me to write about? Are you a scientist studying a bizarre ... «Wired, Jul 15»
5
Bank account compensation cut 'absurd' says top MP
News that millions of bank customers will get £10,000 less compensation in future if their bank goes bust has been criticised as "absurd" by a ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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BOE's 10000-Pound Deposit Guarantee Cut Is Absurd, Tyrie Says
(Bloomberg) -- The Bank of England's decision to lower the deposit guarantee limit by 10,000 pounds ($15,600) is “absurd,” said Andrew Tyrie, ... «San Diego Source, Jul 15»
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5 Fan Theories About Back to the Future So Absurd They Might Be …
On July 3, 1985, Michael J. Fox skateboarded into the American imagination as Marty McFly, the guitar-shredding teenage hero of Back to the ... «TIME, Jul 15»
8
Rafael Nadal calls Wimbledon's no-coaching rule 'absurd'
But others, like the no-coaching rule, are a bit more obscure and, in the opinion of at least one world-class tennis player, outdated and absurd. «Washington Post, Jul 15»
9
Minto mosque bail case an absurd ruling
... Islamic texts while in prison. This is an absurd and clearly ill-considered decision by the NSW Supreme Court, and it should be abandoned. «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
10
Absurd to Call Half of Americans Managers: Krueger
Princeton Professor of Economics Alan Krueger discusses overtime pay and the minimum wage in the U.S. He speaks on “Bloomberg ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Absurd [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/absurd>. Dec 2019 ».
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