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absurdadjective

 us   /əbˈsɜrd, æb-, -ˈzɜrd/
ridiculous or completely unreasonable: [+ to infinitive] It is absurd for the council to cut taxes without proposing another way to raise money.
absurdity
noun [C/U]  us   /əbˈsɜr·dɪ·t̬i, æb-, -ˈzɜrd-/
It's a serious situation but with some absurdity, and managing the balance between serious and funny is a delicate matter.
(Definition of absurd from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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absurdadjective

uk   /əbˈsɜːd/  us   /əbˈsɝːd/
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   /əbˈsɜːd.li/  us   /əbˈsɝːd.li/
You're behaving absurdly. It was absurdly expensive.
absurdity
noun [U or C] uk   /əbˈzɜː.dɪ.ti/ /əbˈsɜː.dɪ.ti/  us   /əbˈsɝː.də.t̬i/  /əbˈzɝː.də.t̬i/
Standing there naked, I was suddenly struck by the absurdity of the situation. There are all sorts of absurdities in the proposal.
(Definition of absurd from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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