ab·sur·di·ty | \əb-ˈsər-də-tē, -ˈzər- \
plural absurdities

Definition of absurdity 

1 : the quality or state of being absurd : absurdness They laughed at the absurdity of the situation.

2 : something that is absurd the absurdities of life

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Examples of absurdity in a Sentence

to say men can't cook as well as women is of course an absurdity the absurdity of expecting a 98-year-old woman to adequately supervise four six-year-olds

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The situation has been written about ad nauseum over the last 12 hours, with most articles celebrating the absurdity of sports fandom and its occasionally creative trolling of teams and players. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Why it doesn’t matter that Yelp trolls are slamming Ayesha Curry’s new Houston restaurant," 20 June 2018 On Thursday night James arrived at Oracle in a gray shorts suit, the absurdity of it all overshadowing the man’s natural look of royalty. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ Game 2 a vintage night at Oracle," 3 June 2018 That keeps the absurdity of some of the behavior of the idiot men in check (though their boorishness and cluelessness still can be pretty funny). Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Juliette Binoche shines in 'Let the Sunshine In'," 17 May 2018 However the absurdity of the crispy curry saga has provided the neighboring countries with a rare point of agreement. Bloomberg.com, "MasterChef Under Fire Over Crispy Chicken Skin in Rendang Curry," 3 Apr. 2018 The head of Eurofer, Europe's main steel federation, said Trump's reasons for slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum were an absurdity and that the move could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the continent. Lorne Cook And Joe Mcdonald, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. trading partners, businesses say tariffs will backfire," 9 Mar. 2018 At first, the series seems less a treatise against corrosive changes in Swedish society than a darkly funny and melancholy meditation on the absurdity of Swedish bureaucracy. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The smell in the room between periods built with the absurdity. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "With 128 saves over 2 nights for Phantoms, Alex Lyon is proving his mettle," 10 May 2018 To say that Philly fans are excited is an understatement that borders on absurdity. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "The Monumental Task of Getting Eagles Fans (and Players) Their Super Bowl Champion Merch," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of absurdity

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for absurdity

Middle English absurditee "dissonance, unjust practice," borrowed from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French absurdité, borrowed from Late Latin absurditāt-, absurditās, from Latin absurdus absurd entry 1 + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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ab·sur·di·ty | \əb-ˈsər-də-tē, -ˈzər-\
plural absurdities

Kids Definition of absurdity

1 : the fact of being ridiculous the absurdity of the situation

2 : something that is ridiculous Every day there is some new absurdity to deal with.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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