ab·​sur·​di·​ty əb-ˈsər-də-tē How to pronounce absurdity (audio) -ˈzər- How to pronounce absurdity (audio)
plural absurdities
: the quality or state of being absurd : absurdness
They laughed at the absurdity of the situation.
: 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 As Tanner’s novel explores these topics, its depiction of Jules’s relationships also highlights absurdities of contemporary culture and the consequences of self-absorption. The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Filmed at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California, Crazy Good sees Brennan cracking jokes about everything from mental health and the absurdity of human tendencies, to crypto and millionaire mindsets. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Editor’s picks Even more frustrating is the show’s struggle to achieve the balance of absurdity and pathos that made satires like Strangelove strike such a chord back in the Sixties. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 Conradt’s screenplay plays a lengthy second-act game of who’s-gaslighting-who, pitting one character’s rising paranoia against the other’s overstepping, and then swapping those positions for good measure, resolutely refusing to take sides until the story vaults itself to a new plane of absurdity. Guy Lodge, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 Even at their most whimsical, in some ways, the film’s magical realist touches aren’t far off from the reality of the US immigration system, where Kafkaesque absurdities abound. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 If that seems like an unfair statement, consider that Jude observes the moral leveling that occurred after Covid and the absurdities that now define the modern world. Armond White, National Review, 22 Mar. 2024 For the first time, I’m struck by the absurdity of this proposal: to push for the elevation of an even more elite cluster within arguably the most elite group of WASPs alive! Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 The show pokes fun at the absurdity of the real pop culture landscapes in both the ’90s and today, but the cast and crew want to be clear: The laughs are made with love. Zoe G Phillips, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of absurdity was circa 1525

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“Absurdity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absurdity. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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