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Definition of the adjective absurd

What does absurd mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more absurd / absurder | most absurd / absurdest

  1. inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
    • example: the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant
    • similar: illogical / unlogical
  2. so unreasonable as to invite derision

Alternative definition of the adjective absurd


  1. Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous.

Definition of the noun absurd

What does absurd mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absurds

  1. a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
    • example: The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of absurd: the absurd
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things

Alternative definition of the noun absurd


  1. [obsolete] An absurdity. — Alexander Pope
  2. (with 'the') That which is absurd.
  3. [philosophy] The opposition between the human search for meaning in life and the inability to find any.


  1. Absurd is one of the best-known National Socialist black metal bands in Germany, classified as right-wing extremist by the Thuringian Landesbehörde für Verfassungsschutz.
  2. Absurd is a musical group.
  3. Absurd is a musical group.
    • album: "Blodig stad"
  4. Absurd is a musical group.
  5. Absurd is a musical group.
  6. Absurd is a musical group.
    • album: "Shadows"

There are other groups with in their name, like Absurd Minds, Absurd Conflict, Absurd Universe, Absurd Existence, Absurd Adventures, Temple of the Absurd.


  1. "Absurd" is a musical single of Fluke.
    • also known as Absurd (disc 2), Absurd EP
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "Absurd" is the debut album by the Augusta, Georgia-based crust punk band The Skuds.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  3. "Absurd" is a musical album of Temple of the Absurd.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Absurd" is a musical EP of I:gor.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  5. "Absurd" is a musical single of Trepanation.
    • released on


"Absurd" is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Joe D'Amato and written by George Eastman. The film is a follow-up to Antropophagus.


Absurd is a record label.

Phrases with Absurd

  1. the absurd
  2. theater of the absurd

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absurd

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014)

by Salvatore Attardo

Etymologically, the term absurd is linked to the musical discord generated absurdo (by a deaf person). In humor, as in nonsense and incongruity, it can be seen as opposed to conventional or serious discourse. While this negative status ...

Google previewA Franz Kafka Encyclopedia (2005)

by Richard T. Gray

Absurd Kafka's scathing deconstruction, offensive and cynical as it may sound, is less an act of religious blasphemy than an instance of textual subversion. It questions the meaning of an Old Testament episode at a time of modern decline that, ...

Google previewAn Historical and Critical Dictionary (1826)

by Pierre Bayle

As therefore it were absurd to pretend that St Paul leaves it to the liberty of the ministers to be sober, modest,

Google previewAn historical and critical dictionary, selected and abridged (1826)

by Pierre Bayle

As therefore it were absurd to pretend that St Paul leaves it to the liberty of the ministers to be sober, modest,

Google previewThe Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases (1891)

by Charles Augustus Maude Fennell

absurd (=. ±), adj. : Eng. fr.

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Quotes about Absurd

Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty. (Ellen Glasgow)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1U1R1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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