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 for absurd
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Absurd \Ab*surd"\ ([a^]b*s[^u]rd"), a. [L. absurdus
     harsh-sounding; ab + (prob) a derivative fr. a root svar to
     sound; not connected with surd: cf. F. absurde. See
     Syringe.]
     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.
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           This proffer is absurd and reasonless.   --Shak.
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           'This phrase absurd to call a villain great. --Pope.
                                                    --p. 9
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Absurd \Ab*surd"\ ([a^]b*s[^u]rd"), n.
     An absurdity. [Obs.] --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  absurd
      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
      2: incongruous;inviting ridicule; "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: absurd, cockeyed, derisory,
         idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical,
         preposterous, ridiculous]
      n 1: a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless;
           "The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth"--
           Albert Camus [syn: absurd, the absurd]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  147 Moby Thesaurus words for "absurd":
     Pickwickian, a bit thick, a bit thin, abnormal, amusing, anomalous,
     asinine, balmy, barred, beyond belief, bizarre, childish,
     closed-out, cockamamie, comic, contrary to reason, crazy, curious,
     daft, disproportionate, doubtable, doubtful, droll, dubious,
     dubitable, eccentric, empty, excluded, extravagant, fantastic,
     farcical, fatuitous, fatuous, foolish, freaked out, freaky, funny,
     futile, grotesque, hard of belief, hard to believe, harebrained,
     high-flown, hilarious, hollow, hopeless, humorous, idiotic, idle,
     illogical, imbecile, imbecilic, implausible, impossible, inane,
     incoherent, incommensurable, incommensurate, incompatible,
     inconceivable, incongruous, inconsequent, inconsistent,
     inconsonant, incredible, insane, irrational, irreconcilable, kooky,
     laughable, logically impossible, loony, ludicrous, mad,
     meaningless, monstrous, moronic, nonsensical, not deserving belief,
     not possible, nuts, nutty, odd, oddball, off, off the wall,
     open to doubt, open to suspicion, out, out of proportion,
     outlandish, outrageous, outre, oxymoronic, paradoxical,
     passing belief, passing strange, peculiar, poppycockish, potty,
     preposterous, priceless, problematic, prohibited, quaint, queer,
     questionable, quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, rubbishy,
     ruled-out, screaming, self-contradictory, senseless, silly, simple,
     singular, skimble-skamble, staggering belief, strange, stupid,
     suspect, suspicious, tall, thick, thin, trashy, twaddling, twaddly,
     unbelievable, unconvincing, unearthly, ungodly, unimaginable,
     unreasonable, unsound, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, vain,
     wacky, weird, whimsical, wild, witty, wondrous strange
  
  

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