Something absurd is really silly, absolutely ridiculous, or total nonsense. Thinking you can wear flip flops and a bikini to the North Pole is an absurd idea, for example.

If you run into someone dressed in an absurd outfit or watch a movie full of absurd jokes, you'll probably have a good laugh. But find yourself dealing with the absurd; you'll likely be stuck in a depressing existential crisis. The absurd describes a state of being where human life has no purpose and everything is completely irrational.

Definitions of absurd

adj inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense

“"the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter Lippman”
illogical, unlogical
lacking in correct logical relation

adj incongruous;inviting ridicule

“the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework”
cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous
devoid of good sense or judgment

n a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless

“"The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"--Albert Camus”
the absurd
Type of:
situation, state of affairs
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

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