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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: absurde, from Latin absurdus, from ab- 'away' + surdus 'deaf, stupid'


1 completely stupid or unreasonable [= ridiculous]
quite/slightly/completely etc absurd
It seems quite absurd to expect anyone to drive for 3 hours just for a 20 minute meeting.
It seems an absurd idea.

the absurd

something that is completely stupid and unreasonable:
Some of the stories he tells verge on the absurd.
absurdity noun [uncountable and countable]
Duncan laughed at the absurdity of the situation.

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