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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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 The big- city journalists reported that Darrow had revealed Bryan’s ignorance and the absurdity of his biblical literalism. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Sometimes the readings are straight-forward and let the absurdity of the prose sing. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Close' and 'The Mortified Guide': TV Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 The absurdity that Tracy was fired, after just three days on the job, for trying to do the right thing was not missed. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "USA Gymnastics Faces Calls to Decertify Following Mary Bono Hiring and Resigning," 19 Oct. 2018 But the absurdity and lack of coherent leadership couldn't be more relevant. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Here are the best movies of 2018 (so far)," 11 July 2018 The only exception is a Lamborghini, which because of a series of memes has become a symbol within the cryptocurrency world of absurdity and success. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "FUD and HODL: How to Speak Cryptoslang," 27 June 2018 Their outwardly disconnected films share an appreciation of absurdity and a certain solace in bittersweet melancholy. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska revel in 'Damsel's' new take on the Old West," 27 June 2018 Furyk said, laughing at the absurdity that was Shinnecock’s afternoon back nine. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "USGA's Unplayable Course at Shinnecock 'Totally Gone' in Third Round of U.S. Open," 16 June 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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