Absurdity Ab*surd"i*ty (-[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Absurdities} (-t[i^]z). [L. absurditas: cf. F. absurdite.] 1. The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment. ``The absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number.'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction. [1913 Webster]

His travels were full of absurdities. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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