Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 497. Absurdity.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section V. Results of Reasoning
497. Absurdity.
NOUN:ABSURDITY, absurdness &c. adj.; imbecility [See Imbecility. Folly]; alogy [obs.], comicality, nonsense, paradox, inconsistency; stultiloquy [rare], stultiloquence [rare], stultification, futility, nugacity.
  BLUNDER, muddle, bull; Irishism, Hibernicism; anticlimax, bathos; sophism [See Intuition. Sophistry].
  FARCE, galimatias, burlesque, parody, fiddle-faddle [colloq.], amphigory or amphigouri, rhapsody; farrago (disorder) [See Disorder]; bêtise [F.]; extravagance, romance; sciamachy.
  PUN, sell [colloq.], catch [colloq.], verbal quibble, macaronic composition, limerick, joke.
  JARGON, slipslop [colloq.], gibberish, balderdash, bombast, claptrap, fustian, twaddle (no meaning) [See Unmeaningness]; exaggeration [See Exaggeration]; moonshine, stuff; mare’snest, quibble, self-delusion.
  TOMFOOLERY, vagary, mummery, monkeyshine [slang, U. S.], monkey trick, boutade [F.], frisk, practical joke, escapade.
VERB:PLAY THE FOOL [See Imbecility. Folly]; stultify, blunder, muddle; employ absurdity &c. n.; rhapsodize; romance, sell [slang], fiddle-faddle [colloq.]; talk nonsense, parler à tort et à travers [F.]; battre la compagne [F.]; anemolia bazein [Gr. ανεμωλια βαζειν]; be absurd &c. adj.; frisk, caper, joke, play practical jokes.
  BE THE FOOL, be the goat [colloq.], bite [colloq.].
ADJECTIVE:ABSURD, nonsensical, farcical, preposterous, egregious, senseless, inconsistent, stultiloquent [rare], stulty [obs.], ridiculous, extravagant, quibbling; self-annulling, self-contradictory; paradoxical, macaronic or maccaronic, punning.
  burlesque, foolish [See Imbecility. Folly]; sophistical [See Intuition. Sophistry]; unmeaning [See Unmeaningness]; amphigoric; without rime or reason; fantastic or fantastical, rhapsodic or rhapsodical, bombastic, high-flown.
INTERJECTION: fiddledeedee! pish! pho or phoh! [rare], pooh! pooh-pooh! bah! stuff and nonsense! fiddle-faddle! bosh! rats! [slang], come off! [slang], “in the name of the Prophet—figs!” [Horace Smith].
  1. Credat Judæus Apella.—Horace
  2. Tell it to the marines.
  3. A little nonsense now and then Is relished by the wisest men.—Anonymous
  4. Say ‘Boo!’ to you—‘pooh-pooh!’ to you.—Gilbert



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