Absu'rd. adj. [absurdus, Lat.]
- Unreasonable, without judgment, as used of men.
Seeming wise men may make shift to get opinion; but let no man choose them for employment; for certainly you had better take for business a man somewhat absurd, than over formal. Bacon's Essay, 27.
- Inconsistent, contrary to reason, used of sentiments or practices.
The thing itself appeared desirable to him, and accordingly he could not but like and desire it; but then, it was after a very irrational absurd way, and contrary to all the methods and principles of a rational agent; which never wills a thing really and properly, but it applies to the means, by which it is to be acquired. South's Sermons.
A man, who cannot write with wit on a proper subject, is dull and stupid; but one, who shews it in an improper place, is as impertinent and absurd. Addison. Spectator, № 291.
But grant that those can conquer, those can cheat,
'Tis phrase absurd to call a villain great:
Who wickedly is wise, or madly brave,
Is but the more a fool, the more a knave. Pope's Essay on Man.