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absurd

adjective     /əbˈsɜːd/ US  /-ˈsɝːd/
B2 stupid and unreasonable , or silly in a humorous way: What an absurd thing to say! Don't be so absurd! Of course I want you to come. It's an absurd situation - neither of them will talk to the other. Do I look absurd in this hat ?Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind the absurd things that happen that are stupid or unreasonable : The whole situation borders on the absurd. She has a keen sense of the absurd.Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind absurdly     /-li/ adverb You're behaving absurdly. It was absurdly expensive .Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind absurdity     /əbˈzɜː.dɪ.ti/ /-ˈsɜː-/ US  /-ˈzɝː.də.t̬i/ noun [U or C] Standing there naked , I was suddenly struck by the absurdity of the situation . There are all sorts of absurdities in the proposal .Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind
(Definition of absurd adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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