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adjective absurd pronunciation in British English /əbˈsɜː(r)d/

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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.
  3. 3
    deliberately emphasizing what is silly or stupid about people and society
    She has a wonderfully absurd sense of humour.

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