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absurd

adjective uk   /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?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.
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absurdly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
You're behaving absurdly. It was absurdly expensive.
absurdity
noun [U or C] uk   /əbˈzɜː.dɪ.ti/ /-ˈsɜː-/  us   /-ˈzɝː.də.t̬i/
Standing there naked, I was suddenly struck by the absurdity of the situation. There are all sorts of absurdities in the proposal.
Translations of “absurd”
in Arabic سَخيف…
in Korean 터무니 없는…
in Malaysian tidak masuk akal…
in French absurde…
in Turkish çok saçma, aptalca…
in Italian assurdo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 荒謬的,荒唐的, 愚蠢的, 可笑的…
in Russian нелепый…
in Polish absurdalny…
in Vietnamese ngớ ngẩn…
in Spanish absurdo…
in Portuguese absurdo, ridículo…
in Thai ไม่เป็นเหตุเป็นผล…
in German absurd…
in Catalan absurd…
in Japanese ばかばかしい, 常識に反した…
in Indonesian tidak masuk akal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 荒谬的,荒唐的, 愚蠢的, 可笑的…
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