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- First attested probably in 1472.
- From Middle English absurdite, then from either Middle French absurdité, or from Late Latin absurditas (“dissonance, incongruity”), from Latin absurdus + + -itas + -quality, state, degree.
- Surface analysis: absurd + -ity
- (RP) IPA(key): /əbˈsɝd.ɪ.ti/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɝd.ɪ.ti/, /æbˈzɝd.ɪ.ti/, /əbˈsɝd.ɪ.ti/, /əbˈzɝd.ɪ.ti/
- (obsolete, rare) Dissonance. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.]
- (countable) That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
- His travels were full of absurdities. - Johnson
- (uncountable) The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
- The absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number. - John Locke
- 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
- Neither [Jones] […] nor I (in 1966) could conceive of reducing our "science" to the ultimate absurdity of reading Finnish newspapers almost a century and a half old in order to establish "priority."
the quality of being absurd
an absurd action
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- ^ 1984 , Urdang, Laurence editor, The Random House College Dictionary, New York, NY: Random House, Inc., ISBN 0-394-43600-8, page 7:
- ^ 1976 , Gove, Philip Babcock editor, Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co., ISBN 0-87779-101-5, page 8:
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 10: