absurdity

noun
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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Or people just really like plumbing the depths of absurdity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why does flat Earth belief still exist?," 28 Dec. 2018 Many of us went along in the yearbook to the point of absurdity. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 But comedian Michael Torpey says a comedy trivia show is actually a perfect way to highlight the the absurdity of the student loan problem, which now impacts about 44 million Americans—or 18% of all U.S. adults. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018 The camera and the performers capture unstated nuances of feeling, while registering the wonderful absurdity of the situation. Fellipe Barbosa, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Gabriel and the Mountain,’ Recalling a Tragic Adventure," 13 June 2018 The split television screens encapsulated the absurdity of it all. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "The dream of 'peace in our time' in the Middle East died on Monday," 14 May 2018 But this sober, fearful version of events leaves out the absurdities of Watergate. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "Follies," 27 Apr. 2018 The absurdity of the scene, like so many in the 2001 film, came from minds of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "'Super Troopers': How the 'meow' scene with Jim Gaffigan came to be," 18 Apr. 2018 Many of us went along in the yearbook to the point of absurdity. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 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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absurdity

noun
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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