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

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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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Simultaneously, his work lampoons technology, revealing its absurdity and periodic recklessness. Peter Holley, The Seattle Times, "Roboticist trains AI to tell people their fortunes," 16 Oct. 2018 To add to the absurdity, the Afghan government, America’s own creation, has been excluded from the negotiations because the Taliban, our common enemy, demanded it. Hy Rothstein And, WSJ, "The Afghan Endgame Has Become Surreal," 1 May 2019 Which is why the easiest way to understand the latest plot twist of this NBA off-season is to simply laugh at the absurdity of it all. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the NBA," 3 July 2018 But this statement, in all of its ahistorical absurdity, was particularly unsettling. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "Wake Up, Mr. West!," 3 May 2018 Life's perplexing dualities — and its absurdities and ironies — suited Forman's inclinations. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Czech-born director Milos Forman understood the American experience," 16 Apr. 2018 As with The Big Short and Vice, McKay humanizes these systems, attempting to show the scope for agency or complicity within them, all with his uncommon eye toward absurdity. WSJ, "Adam McKay Wants to Start a World-Improvement Conference," 21 Feb. 2019 His film is impressive and at times laughable due to the absurdity of his run blocking. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "2018 NFL Draft capsule: Oregon Ducks' Tyrell Crosby," 26 Apr. 2018 So that -- believing that that's an achievement and don't quit, that's the absurdity. Fox News, "President Trump attacks New York Times for anonymous op-ed," 7 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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The first known use of absurdity was circa 1525

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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