- preposterous:  Preposterous originated as a Latin oxymoron, praeposterus. This was coined from prae ‘before’ and posterus ‘coming after, next’, a derivative of post ‘after’. It denoted ‘the wrong way round, out of order’ (and indeed that was how English preposterous was once used: ‘The preposterous is a pardonable fault … We call it by a common saying to set the cart before the horse’, George Puttenham, Art of English Poesie 1589). But already in Latin the notion had developed via ‘irrational’ to ‘absurd’, a sense quickly taken up by English.
- preposterous (adj.)
- 1540s, from Latin praeposterus "absurd, contrary to nature, inverted, perverted, in reverse order," literally "before-behind" (compare topsy-turvy, cart before the horse), from prae "before" + posterus "subsequent." Related: Preposterously; preposterousness.
- 1. The implication that marital infidelity enhances a leader's credibility is preposterous.
- 2. These claims are absolutely preposterous!
- 3. It would be preposterous to shovel coal with a teaspoon.
- 4. The whole idea was preposterous.
- 5. He rushed about doing preposterous things in an extraordinary manner.
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