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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ab·surd /əbˈsɝd, ˈzɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·surd a.  Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream.
    This proffer is absurd and reasonless.   --Shak.
    'This phrase absurd to call a villain great.   --Pope.
    --p. 9
 Syn: -- Foolish; irrational; ridiculous; preposterous; inconsistent; incongruous.
 Usage: -- Absurd, Irrational, Foolish, Preposterous. Of these terms, irrational is the weakest, denoting that which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of sound reason; as, an irrational course of life. Foolish rises higher, and implies either a perversion of that faculty, or an absolute weakness or fatuity of mind; as, foolish enterprises. Absurd rises still higher, denoting that which is plainly opposed to received notions of propriety and truth; as, an absurd man, project, opinion, story, argument, etc. Preposterous rises still higher, and supposes an absolute inversion in the order of things; or, in plain terms, a “putting of the cart before the horse;” as, a preposterous suggestion, preposterous conduct, a preposterous regulation or law.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·surd n. An absurdity. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense; "the
             absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is
             highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter
             Lippman [syn: unreasonable]
      2: completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd
         excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed
         idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical
         answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it
         is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous
         attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited
         assumption of universal interest in her rather dull
         children was ridiculous" [syn: cockeyed, derisory, idiotic,
          laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous,