completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"
The notion that the world is meaningless, derived from an essay, "The Myth of Sisyphus," by Albert Camus, which suggests that man has an unquenchable desire to understand but that the world is eternally unknowable The resulting conflict puts man in an "absurd" position, like Sisyphus, who, according to Greek myth, was condemned for eternity to push a rock up a mountain, only to have it always fall back down before it reached the top The philosophical term gave the name to a principal postwar dramatic genre: theatre of the absurd
Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream
disapproval If you say that something is absurd, you are criticizing it because you think that it is ridiculous or that it does not make sense. It is absurd to be discussing compulsory redundancy policies for teachers I've known clients of mine go to absurd lengths, just to avoid paying me a few pounds = ridiculous The absurd is something that is absurd. Parkinson had a sharp eye for the absurd. + absurdly ab·surd·ly Prices were still absurdly low, in his opinion + absurdity absurdities ab·surd·ity I find myself growing increasingly angry at the absurdity of the situation. a style of play for the theatre that was developed in the 1950s by writers such as Beckett and Ionesco, whose work expresses the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose. These plays are very different from traditional theatre. The characters do not communicate effectively with each other, and often their words do not make sense. Absurdist
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