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adjective absurd pronunciation in American English /əbˈsɜrd/ absurd pronunciation in American English /əbˈzɜrd/

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  1. 1
    completely stupid, unreasonable, or impossible to believe

    She makes the most absurd claims about her past achievements.

    it is absurd to do something:

    It's completely absurd to suggest that we shouldn't test students.

  2. 2
    talking or behaving in a silly or extreme way

    Don't be absurd – you're just worrying about nothing.

    to absurd lengths (=making an extreme amount of effort):

    Jack goes to absurd lengths to prove his point.

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absurdity

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pluralabsurdities

He's beginning to realize the absurdity of the situation.

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