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absurd +‎ -ly


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈsɜːd.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɝd.li/, /æbˈzɝd.li/, /əbˈsɝd.li/, /əbˈzɝd.li/
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absurdly (comparative more absurdly, superlative most absurdly)

  1. In an absurd fashion. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][1]
    He orated absurdly.
    Absurdly, he concluded his oration with a song.
  2. To an extreme degree. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][1]
    • 1996, Jon Byrell, Lairs, Urgers and Coat-Tuggers, Sydney: Ironbark, page 245:
      By the year 1765, Richard `Dickie' Tattersall, the absurdly romantic self-styled soldier of fortune and indulged son of an obscenely well-off Yorkshire squire, was brimming with gratitude[.]
    The critics were absurdly extravagant with their praise.



  1. 1.0 1.1 “absurdly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 10.