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From Latin praeposterus ‎(with the hinder part before, reversed, inverted, perverted), from prae ‎(before) + posterus ‎(coming after).


preposterous ‎(comparative more preposterous, superlative most preposterous)

  1. Absurd, or contrary to common sense.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The preposterous altruism too! [] Resist not evil. It is an insane immolation of self—as bad intrinsically as fakirs stabbing themselves or anchorites warping their spines in caves scarcely large enough for a fair-sized dog.
    • 2014 December 4, Timothy Egan, “A deficit of dignity”, The New York Times:
      Leading the attack on the president's very citizenship is the professional vulgarian Donald Trump, who gets away with the kind of preposterous, race-based comments granted few black public figures.



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