preposterous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj preposterous 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preposterous Contrary to nature or reason; not adapted to the end; utterly and glaringly foolish; unreasonably absurd; perverted. "Most preposterous conclusions.""Preposterous ass, that never read so far!"
    • Preposterous Having that first which ought to be last; inverted in order. "The method I take may be censured as preposterous , because I thus treat last of the antediluvian earth, which was first in the order of nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preposterous Having that last which ought to be first; reversed in order or arrangement; inverted.
    • preposterous Contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; irrational; glaringly absurd; nonsensical.
    • preposterous Foolish; ridiculous; stupid; absurd.
    • preposterous Synonyms and Silly, Foolish, etc. (see absurd), monstrous, crazy, mad, wild, ludicrous. See foolish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Preposterous prē-pos′tėr-us contrary to nature or reason: wrong: absurd: foolish
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Quotations

  • Chris Patten
    Chris Patten
    “There is a sort of exotic preposterousness about a lot of elections, the way arguments are made even cruder.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeposterus,; prae, before + posterus, coming after, latter. See Posterior
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præposteruspræ, before, posterus, after—post, after.

Usage

In literature:

Utterly, preposterously, altogether, selfish!
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
He is himself more preposterous than anything he denounces.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
Nietzsche's preposterous nonsense knocked the bottom out of nonsense more preposterous and far more vile.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Some one now opened the cellar-door, but it seemed preposterous to look down in the cellar for the little fellow.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
Everybody had their friends, their intimates, whether delightful or preposterous.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
His imagination played lightly with the preposterous idea.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Of course, to have attempted to resist this armed mob of hundreds of men would have been preposterous.
"The American Prejudice Against Color" by William G. Allen
There were impossibly jagged stones, preposterously steep cliffs.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They'd fired jato rockets, all at once, and so pushed its speed up to the preposterous.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
It was a preposterous idea.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
How could he have foreseen anything but failure for so preposterous an attempt?
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The idea was too preposterous.
"Golden Stories" by Various
She felt like an ignorant child, and almost preposterously English, as she talked to Madame Sennier, who became voluble in reply.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Why, it's too preposterous to stand for a moment!
"The Holladay Case" by Burton E. Stevenson
To make terms with the town preacher of Wittenberg was too preposterous.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
That any great man should be now alive, he considers a preposterous assumption.
"By the Christmas Fire" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Of course, if you look at it calmly, it's preposterous.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
To him the dinner seemed preposterously unending.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
It had all been preposterous, crude.
"Stubble" by George Looms
On the face of it the yarn appears decidedly preposterous.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

LUCY. I've admitted far too much.
For a husband it would be
Quite preposterous; he should see
But the quarter.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Believe me, dear Pisos, that just such a freak
Is the crude and preposterous poem
Which merely abounds in a torrent of sounds,
With no depth of reason below 'em.
"Consistency" by Eugene Field
Never believe, though in my nature reign'd
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,
That it could so preposterously be stain'd
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good:
"O Never Say That I Was False of Heart" by William Shakespeare
To start at the dead is preposterous error,
To shrink from a foe that can never contest;
Shall that which is motionless move thee to terror;
Or thou become restless, 'cause they are at rest?
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
Let us be drunk, and for a while forget,
Forget, and, ceasing even from regret,
Live without reason and despite of rhyme,
As in a dream preposterous and sublime,
Where place and hour and means for once are met.
"Let Us Be Drunk" by William Ernest Henley
Then quickly from the pot he crawled,
And, ere I could prevent it, sprawled
Upon the map. I cursed at him in vain.
And as he went, and left behind
Long, inky smears, all crossed and lined,
He chanted this preposterous refrain:-
"The Insect" by C J Dennis

In news:

Former boss calls claims ' preposterous '.
INTERVIEWS EDM Phenom Porter Robinson on His ' Preposterous ' Success.
Why Are Critics Loving the Preposterous 'Mission: Impossible.
Don't call it " preposterous ".
Fergie Fumbles at Clinton Fundraiser in Preposterous Prom Dress.
Terrorist catch-and-release is ' preposterous .
'Thor': Preposterous but Never Quite Stupid.
Elburn’s proposed levy is preposterous .
'Freedomland' Cages Actors In Preposterous Race Drama: Can Jackson, Moore Survive.
Preposterous Runaway Jury Is Guns and Poses.
Preposterousness of feel-good ad leaves me steaming mad.
Listeners can look forward to the day when they'll look back and wonder how something so preposterous ever became popular.
Ridiculous Democrats and Preposterous Republicans.
You might think working well into your eighth decade is preposterous.
Savages is trashy, vulgar, preposterous, cruel—and maybe the most interesting and entertaining film Oliver Stone has made since Nixon.
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In science:

In other words, given recent economic history and the Oregon and Washington trends, it is preposterous to blame any relative weaknesses in the Oregon sample ’s general economic variables upon the Cap.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
What makes this conclusion seem preposterous is the insidious notion that prevents us from decrypting quantum mechanics—the CCP.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
The problem is instead the rather preposterous notion that this interpretation is uniquely unburdened by any prior philosophical world-view.
Quantum Theory: Interpretation Cannot be Avoided
At first sight such a conclusion may seem preposterous.
Quaternionic Electron Theory: Geometry, Algebra and Dirac's Spinors
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