ab·​sur·​di·​ty | \ əb-ˈsər-də-tē How to pronounce absurdity (audio) , -ˈzər- How to pronounce absurdity (audio) \
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The moment was a mild inconvenience but nonetheless illustrative of the absurdity of the night. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 Hall’s take-no-prisoners delivery lent the perfect sense of absurdity to the situation. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 Now, the phantom menace known as the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento has counter-attacked with a dose of absurdity that’s hard to comprehend. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Kravis lean into the relatability of their endeavor, while also adding their trademark touch of absurdity. Vogue, 5 May 2022 One side definitely likes to be happy, and the other side is definitely full of absurdity. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 13 Apr. 2022 Daily training to face a non-existent enemy creates a sense of absurdity, captured by Gregoris Rentisʼ camera with great inspiration and precision. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 The accumulation of dire news, one catastrophe after another, was cruel to the point of absurdity. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Still, any more serious themes and ideas are overshadowed not just by the size of the supporting characters, but the absurdity necessary to eventually assemble everyone in the same place. Brian Lowry, CNN, 8 June 2022 See More

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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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“Absurdity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absurdity. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for absurdity


ab·​sur·​di·​ty | \ əb-ˈsər-də-tē How to pronounce absurdity (audio) , -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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