preposterous

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

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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.

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