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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ab•surd /æbˈsɝd, -ˈzɝd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. without sense or logic;
    contrary to all reason or common sense:Buying outdated computers now is clearly absurd.
ab•surd•i•ty,n., pl. -ties. [uncountable]the absurdity of paying taxes twice.[countable]full of jokes and other absurdities.
ab•surd•ness,n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ab•surd  (ab sûrd, -zûrd), 
  1. utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue;
    contrary to all reason or common sense;
    laughably foolish or false:an absurd explanation.

  1. the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world.
  • Latin absurdus out of tune, uncouth, ridiculous. See ab-, surd
  • 1550–60
ab•surdly, adv. 
ab•surdness, n. 
1 . irrational, silly, ludicrous, nonsensical. Absurd, ridiculous, preposterous all mean inconsistent with reason or common sense. Absurd means utterly opposed to truth or reason:an absurd claim.Ridiculous implies that something is fit only to be laughed at, perhaps contemptuously:a ridiculous suggestion.Preposterous implies an extreme of foolishness:a preposterous proposal. 1 . logical, sensible.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

absurd /əbˈsɜːd/ adj
  1. at variance with reason; manifestly false
  2. ludicrous; ridiculous
Etymology: 16th Century: via French from Latin absurdus dissonant, senseless, from ab-1 (intensive) + surdus dull-sounding, indistinct

abˈsurdity, abˈsurdness n abˈsurdly adv

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