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Absu'rdity. n.s. [from absurd.]

  1. The quality of being absurd; want of judgment applied to men; want of propriety applied to things.

    How clear soever this idea of the infinity of number be, there is nothing more evident than the absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number. Locke.

  2. That which is absurd; as, his travels were full of absurdities. In which sense it has a plural.

    That satisfaction we receive from the opinion of some preeminence in ourselves, when we see the absurdities of another, or when we reflect on any past absurdities of our own. Addison. Spectator, № 249.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Locke, John (269) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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