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Definition of the noun absurdity

What does absurdity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absurdities

  1. a message whose content is at variance with reason
  2. a ludicrous folly

Alternative definition of the noun absurdity


  1. [uncountable] The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment.
  2. [countable] That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.


Absurdity is a musical group.


  1. "Absurdity" is a musical album of Jack or Jive.
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  2. "Absurdity" is a musical album of Drewsif Stalin's Musical Endeavors.
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  3. "Absurdity" is a composition.


Absurdity: 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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Google previewAn Inventor's Dream (2012)

The Pythagorean by Chad Douglas Bulau

Absurdity is the necessary stupidity of this place where we come together and haven't used the logic to clear it up yet. Logic is the fine arts and is used to measure up absurdity and is one level higher then clergy where knowledge is the highest ...

Google previewEssays on the Nature of Art

by Eliot Deutsch

Absurdity is the rejection of the expectation of meaning. It is the affirmation of the utter indifference of being and the recognition that this indifference is as it should be. Laughing, screaming, weeping mean nothing at all—and only then do they ...

Google previewThe Nuclear Lion (2013)

What Every Citizen Should Know About Nuclear Power and Nuclear War by John Jagger

The ultimate absurdity is that no nation wants to use these arsenals because using them would be suicide. “NO NUKES” can apply largely to the banning of nuclear weapons—but not completely. The Future of Nuclear Power Should a “ NO ...

Google previewMaxims and opinions, moral, political and economical, with characters, from the works of ... Edmund Burke (1811)

by Edmund Burke

An attempt to break this chain of subordination in any part is equally absurd ; but the absurdity is the most mischievous in practical operation, where it is the most easy, that is, where it is the most subject to an erroneous judgment. It is plainly ...

Google previewRadiohead and Philosophy (2009)

Fitter Happier More Deductive by Brandon W. Forbes, George A. Reisch

Absurdity is a state of mind, a malaise we feel when we face the world: it has to do with the feeling that maybe it just isn't worth it. The question Camus raises in The Myth of Sisyphus is whether or not life is worth living: for him, the first problem ...

Google previewAn enquiry into the present state of polite learning in Europe [by O. Goldsmith]. (1759)

by Oliver Goldsmith

Among well-bred fools we may despise much, but have little to laugh at ; nature seems to present us with an universal blank of silk, ribbands, smiles and whispers ; absurdity is the poet's game, and good breeding is the nice concealment of ...

Google previewAfter the Holocaust (2009)

The Book of Job, Primo Levi, and the Path to Affliction by C. Fred Alford

The world is rendered less just, less fair, but no more or no less absurd, for absurdity is an attribute of the human condition tout court. Perhaps not. If we understand absurdity as the intersection of humanity and nature, having strictly the quality ...

Google previewHosea, Amos, Micah (2011)

by Gary V. Smith

A final absurdity is the proud claim that Israel has won great military battles at the Transjordan cities of Lo Debar (a pun on the name of this city, which means “no- thing”) and Karnaim (a pun on “horns, strength”), which they took with “our own ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2005)

Themes, Works, and Wonders by Gary Westfahl

Overview The term "absurdity" first brings to mind a twentieth-century movement in drama, the Theatre of the Absurd, and related works subsumed under the category of Absurdism; writers ...

Google previewElements of Rhetoric; Comprising the Substance of the Article in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana, with Add (1834)

by Richard Whately

Sometimes, indeed, the literal meaning involves a direct absurdity. When this is the case, as in the quotation from, The Principles of Painting given in the preceding chapter, it is natural for the reader to suppose that there must be something ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Hobbes's Philosophy (2012)

by Juhana Lemetti

ABSURDITY. Though it does not necessarily have to do with language— for instance, dreams are often absurd (Leviathan II)—absurdity, or as Hobbes calls it sometimes (De Corpore V), falsity, is primarily the privilege of creatures with a ...

Google previewThe Philosopher's Dictionary - Third Edition (2002)

by Robert M. Martin

absolutism, ethical / cultural absolutism, ethical / cultural absurdity See RELATIvIsM / ABsOLUTIsM. absorption A rule of INFERENCE: 'If P then Q' implies 'If P, then P and Q'. In sYMBOLs: P D Q therefore P D (P & Q). abstract / concrete entities ...

Google previewThe Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy (2008)

by Nicholas Bunnin, Jiyuan Yu

Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding absurdity Epistemology, modern European philosophy [from Latin absurdus, out of tone] Used as a synonym for “the irrational.” In epistemology, an obvious and undeniable contradiction or ...

Google previewDictionary of Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

by Bill Cooke

ABSURDITY. In the aftermath of giving up the anthropocentric ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1824)

Supplement to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Editions ... With Preliminary Dissertations on the History of the Sciences ...

Absurdity, indeed, was a reproach that neither side had any right to cast on the other. A dissertation of Mairan, on the force of moving bodies, in the Memoires of the Academy of Sciences for 1728, is one of those in which the common measure ...

Google previewElgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2006)

by J. M. Smits

The House of Lords held that clear statements of ministers and other promoters of legislation are admissible for the purpose of interpreting legislation which is ambiguous or obscure or leads to an absurdity. However, recently the House of ...

Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

ABSURDITY. Absurdity refutes itself.

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The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity. (Marcel Proust)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1U1R1D2I1T1Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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