absurdity

noun ab·sur·di·ty \ əb-ˈsər-də-tē , -ˈzər- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of absurdity

plural absurdities
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

  1. to say men can't cook as well as women is of course an absurdity

  2. the absurdity of expecting a 98-year-old woman to adequately supervise four six-year-olds

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1absurd + -itāt-, -itās -ity


ABSURDITY Defined for Kids

absurdity

noun ab·sur·di·ty \ əb-ˈsər-də-tē , -ˈzər- \

Definition of absurdity for Students

plural absurdities
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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