the absurd


: a state or condition of extreme silliness or foolishness : an absurd or ridiculous state
Her ideas once seemed reasonable, but now they verge on the absurd.
: things that are absurd
a filmmaker who is fascinated with the absurd

Examples of the absurd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He’s made his name by courting the absurd and keeping audiences on their toes, embellishing his fables of love, power and free will with discordant musical motifs and disarming cuts to a wide lens. Caitlin Chatterton, CNN, 2 July 2024 Moreover, some small story beats lean toward the absurd, like Dionne and Michael’s luxury car and condo in London on a delivery driver and social worker salaries. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 26 June 2024 Even the most essential — that an ancient nomad would stumble upon an entire intact Protoceratops — approaches the absurd. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2024 That top-note of the absurd sitting alongside the deeply felt is purposeful, on both my part and, ingeniously, the show’s. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2024 With The Good Doctor moving to Tuesday night for its final season, Bachelor Nation will miss the absurd tonal shift that bridges the two shows. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 29 Jan. 2024 Its expansion is a threat to Mr. Modi, whose government arrested Mr. Kejriwal over corruption allegations just before the election, creating the absurd reality in which India’s capital was being run from a jail cell. Pragati K.b., New York Times, 23 May 2024 Marylanders are all too familiars with the absurd costs of heath care in our state. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2024 Gila developed a comedy of the absurd informed by his experiences in the conflict. John Hopewell, Variety, 15 May 2024

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“The absurd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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