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Absurd

means strictly, quite deaf. (Latin, ab, intensive, and surdus, deaf.)

Reductio ad absurdum. Proving a proposition to be right by showing that every supposable deviation from it would involve an absurdity.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Absalom and Achitophel
Abscond
Absent
Absent Man (The)
Absolute
Absquatulate
Abstemious
Abstract Numbers
Abstraction
Absurd
Abudah
Abundant Number (An)
Abus
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Abyssinians
Acacetus
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