Preposterous
Preposterous Pre*pos"ter*ous, a. [L. praeposterus; prae before + posterus coming after, latter. See {Posterior}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in order. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The method I take may be censured as preposterous, because I thus treat last of the antediluvian earth, which was first in the order of nature. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end; utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd; perverted. ``Most preposterous conclusions.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Preposterous ass, that never read so far! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Absurd; perverted; wrong; irrational; foolish; monstrous. See {Absurd}. [1913 Webster] -- {Pre*pos"ter*ous*ly}, adv. -{Pre*pos"ter*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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