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Definition of Absurdity

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something ridiculous; nonsense; illogic
Absurdity Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Kant Glossary
[L:62] An error obvious to the common understanding; of someone who cannot be made to recognize the underlying falsity, "he is preposterous...nothing more can be done for him. He has thereby made himself both incapable and unworthy of all further correction and refutation....One cannot actually prove to anyone that he is absurd; here all arguing would be in vain."
Absurdity Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment.
  
(n.)
That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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absurdity
\ab*surd"i*ty\ (-&ibreve;*t&ybreve;), n.; pl. absurdities (-t&ibreve;z). [l. absurditas: cf. f. absurdite.]
1. the quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment. "the absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number."
2. that which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction. his travels were full of absurdities.
absurdity
n
1. a message whose content is at variance with reason [syn: absurdness, ridiculousness]


2. a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior" [syn: fatuity, fatuousness, silliness]



Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
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The Devil's Dictionary
Absurdity, (n.)

A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
  
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a message whose content is at variance with reason
(synonym) absurdness, ridiculousness
(hypernym) nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokum
2. a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"
(synonym) fatuity, fatuousness, silliness
(hypernym) folly, foolishness, unwiseness
Absurdity Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
An absurdity is a thing that is extremely unreasonable, so as to be foolish or not taken seriously, or the state of being so. "Absurd" is an adjective used to describe an absurdity, e.g., "this encyclopedia article is absurd." It derives from the Latin absurdum meaning "out of tune", hence irrational. The Latin surdus means "deaf", implying stupidity. Absurdity is contrasted with seriousness in reasoning. In general usage, absurdity may be synonymous with ridiculousness and nonsense. In specialized usage, absurdity is related to extremes in bad reasoning or pointlessness in reasoning; ridiculousness is related to extremes of incongruous juxtaposition, laughter, and ridicule; and nonsense is related to a lack of meaningfulness.

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