preposterous

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 preposterous — index excessive, exorbitant, impossible, incredible, inept (inappropriate), inordinate, irrational …

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  • 3 preposterous — 1540s, from L. praeposterus absurd, contrary to nature, lit. before behind (Cf. topsy turvy, cart before the horse), from prae before + posterus subsequent …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 preposterous — absurd, *foolish, silly Analogous words: irrational, unreasonable: bizarre, grotesque, *fantastic …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 preposterous — [adj] ridiculous, bizarre absurd, asinine, crazy, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, fantastic, far out*, foolish, harebrained*, impossible, incredible, insane, irrational, laughable, ludicrous, monstrous, nonsensical, out of the… …

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  • 6 preposterous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utterly absurd or ridiculous. DERIVATIVES preposterously adverb preposterousness noun. ORIGIN Latin praeposterus reversed, absurd …

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  • 7 preposterous — [prē päs′tər əs, pripäs′tər əs] adj. [L praeposterus < prae , before (see PRE ) + posterus, following: see POSTERIOR] 1. Now Rare with the first last and the last first; inverted 2. so contrary to nature, reason, or common sense as to be… …

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  • 8 preposterous — adj. preposterous to + inf. (it s preposterous to speak of such things) * * * [prɪ pɒst(ə)rəs] preposterous to + inf. (it s preposterous to speak of such things) …

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  • 9 preposterous — [16] Preposterous originated as a Latin oxymoron, praeposterus. This was 393 prevaricate coined from prae ‘before’ and posterus ‘coming after, next’, a derivative of post ‘after’. It denoted ‘the wrong way round, out of order’ (and indeed that… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 10 preposterous — [[t]prɪpɒ̱st(ə)rəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as preposterous, you mean that it is extremely unreasonable and foolish. The whole idea was preposterous. ...their preposterous claim that they had unearthed a plot. Syn:… …

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  • 11 preposterous — [16] Preposterous originated as a Latin oxymoron, praeposterus. This was coined from prae ‘before’ and posterus ‘coming after, next’, a derivative of post ‘after’. It denoted ‘the wrong way round, out of order’ (and indeed that was how English… …

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  • 12 preposterous — adjective formal 1 completely unreasonable; absurd: The whole idea sounds absolutely preposterous! 2 extremely unusual and silly: Look at that preposterous car! preposterously adverb preposterousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 preposterous — preposterously, adv. preposterousness, n. /pri pos teuhr euhs, treuhs/, adj. completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; utterly foolish: a preposterous tale. [1535 45; < L praeposterus with the hinder part foremost …

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  • 14 preposterous — adj. Preposterous is used with these nouns: ↑suggestion …

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  • 15 preposterous — pre|pos|ter|ous [prıˈpɔstərəs US ˈpa:s ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: praeposterus with the back part in front , from prae ( PRE ) + posterus ( POSTERIOR1)] completely unreasonable or silly = ↑absurd ▪ The whole idea sounds… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 preposterous — pre|pos|ter|ous [ prı past(ə)rəs ] adjective FORMAL extremely unreasonable or silly: The whole idea is preposterous. ╾ pre|pos|ter|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 preposterous — adjective at these sessions, no ideas are too preposterous to throw on the table Syn: absurd, ridiculous, foolish, stupid, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, comical, risible, nonsensical, senseless, insane; outrageous, monstrous; informal crazy See …

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  • 18 preposterous — UK [prɪˈpɒst(ə)rəs] / US [prɪˈpɑst(ə)rəs] adjective formal extremely unreasonable or silly The whole idea is preposterous. Derived word: preposterously adverb …

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  • 19 preposterous — adjective Etymology: Latin praeposterus, literally, in the wrong order, from prae + posterus hinder, following more at posterior Date: 1542 contrary to nature, reason, or common sense ; absurd • preposterously adverb • preposterousness noun …

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  • 20 preposterous — adjective Absurd, or contrary to common sense. Syn: absurd, foolish, irrational, nonsensical …

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