AskDefine | Define absurdity

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin absurditas: compare French absurdité


  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. - Locke
  2. That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.
    • His travels were full of absurdities. - Johnson


the quality of being absurd
  • German: Absurdität
  • Hungarian: abszurdum
an absurd action
  • German: Absurdität
  • Hungarian: abszurdum, képtelenség

Extensive Definition

Absurd can refer to:
absurdity in German: Absurd
absurdity in Dutch: Absurd
absurdity in Norwegian Nynorsk: Absurd
absurdity in Polish: Absurd
absurdity in Portuguese: Absurdo
absurdity in Russian: Абсурд (значения)
absurdity in Finnish: Absurdi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absurdness, act of folly, aimlessness, amphigory, anticness, babble, babblement, balderdash, bibble-babble, bizarreness, bizarrerie, blabber, blather, blunder, bombast, bootlessness, claptrap, craziness, curiousness, daftness, deformity, dottiness, double-talk, drivel, drollery, drollness, drool, dumb trick, eccentricity, emptiness, error, fallacy, fantasticality, fantasticalness, fatuity, fecklessness, fiddle-faddle, fiddledeedee, flummery, folderol, folly, foolishness, freakishness, fruitlessness, fudge, funniness, fustian, futility, gabble, galimatias, gammon, gibber, gibberish, gibble-gabble, gobbledygook, grotesqueness, grotesquerie, hilarity, hocus-pocus, hollowness, hopelessness, humbug, humorousness, illogicality, impossibility, impossible, impossibleness, impotence, imprudence, inanity, inconceivability, incongruity, indiscretion, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, inefficacy, insanity, irrationality, jabber, jargon, laughability, ludicrousness, malformation, meaninglessness, monstrosity, monstrousness, mumbo jumbo, narrishkeit, niaiserie, no chance, nonsense, nonsensicality, nugacity, nuttiness, oddity, otiosity, outlandishness, outrageousness, oxymoron, pack of nonsense, palaver, paradox, peculiarity, pointlessness, prate, prattle, preposterousness, pricelessness, profitlessness, purposelessness, quaintness, queerness, quizzicalness, rant, rat race, richness, ridiculousness, rigamarole, rigmarole, rodomontade, rubbish, self-contradiction, senselessness, silliness, singularity, skimble-skamble, sottise, strangeness, stuff and nonsense, stultiloquence, stupid thing, stupidity, teratism, the absurd, the funny side, the impossible, trash, triviality, trumpery, twaddle, twattle, twiddle-twaddle, unimaginability, unproductiveness, unprofitability, unprofitableness, unreasonableness, unthinkability, unwise step, valuelessness, vanity, vaporing, vicious circle, waffling, weirdness, what cannot be, what cannot happen, whimsicalness, wildness, witlessness, wittiness, worthlessness
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