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They can’t be seriously considering such a preposterous idea.
  absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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preposterous preposterously preposterousness
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  • They can’t be seriously considering such a preposterous idea.
  • a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history
  • I never heard anything so preposterous in my life!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • "Preposterous," he said. "There’s no such thing as witches."
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly

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  • That’s preposterous!
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • Alexandra called out a guest list so preposterous that Jean Louise sighed heavily.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • This question is so preposterous coming from the Commandant that I almost laugh.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "Why, that’s preposterous," he said.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • In the center was an oversize one of Desi and Amy back in high school, in tennis whites—the two so preposterously stylish, so monied-lush they could have been a frame from a Hitchcock movie.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Though it seemed preposterous now, at the time it seemed like the single most important decision she’d ever faced.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • No, no, the very idea was preposterous.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • While he groused about so preposterous an idea, the kid laid down the mat he never used, bulldogged him down to it, pulled off his shoes and draped a blanket over him.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Small things, preposterous tiny things, still confounded her.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Looking at that strong, young, determined face, with its broad cheekbones and solid jaw, I felt for the first time that this preposterous scheme of Dougal’s might actually have been a reasonable suggestion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The idea of them coming here, and staging a raid on this fortress, was preposterous, but at the same time it gave Alan a surge of hope, of possibility.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It was so preposterous —how could I possibly believe it?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Pretending to be Silver, being betrothed to a prince, learning to control myself—it sounds preposterous, but they listen intently.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • More than preposterous . it was impossible.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It is preposterous.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The stone, that token of preposterous time, bounced five yards to Henry’s right and fell in the water.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The idea is so preposterous.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Keating stopped when he recognized the preposterous orange hair in the darkness of the porch.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • And it is the sight of her looking like some preposterous zombie that sends a hummingbird of panic ricocheting through me.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • PUCK Then will two at once woo one,— That must needs be sport alone; And those things do best please me That befall preposterously.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • But, my dear, the thing is preposterous.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • We waited for you to bring proof of your preposterous claim.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Well, you know, I had the preposterous idea that it might be the truth.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I found the idea preposterous.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The very idea is preposterous.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Indeed the project was not so preposterous, if they had not gone farther; but they neither did, nor proposed any thing, but what had mischief in the design, or the event.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Chapter XV As I was getting too big for Mr. Wopsle’s great-aunt’s room, my education under that preposterous female terminated.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just now.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Seventy times seven times have I plucked up my hat and been about to depart — Seventy times seven times have you preposterously forced me to resume my seat.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Then, preposterously, the first thing he said, his voice anxious, was, "But who will run Taggart Transcontinental in the meantime?"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In the spring I kept on looking until I realised how preposterous my search was.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • This seems to me perfectly preposterous and uncalled for.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The idea of carrying more than two away with us was preposterous, although the boys, forgetting what the weight would be, seriously contemplated clearing the nest.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tamoszius made good wages; and little by little the family were paying back their debt to Marija, so she ought soon to have enough to start life upon—only, with her preposterous softheartedness, she would insist upon spending a good part of her money every week for things which she saw they needed.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The actors in the mimic life of the theatre, are blind to violent transitions and abrupt impulses of passion or feeling, which, presented before the eyes of mere spectators, are at once condemned as outrageous and preposterous.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Then again, he thought, there would be a rather majestic eloquence to it-antimatter, the ultimate scientific achievement, being used to vaporizeHe refused to accept the preposterous thought.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He touched the spring of his repeater, to correct this most preposterous clock.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • That I proposed to climb to the cruising altitude of an Airbus 300 jetliner struck me, at that moment, as preposterous, or worse.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Could it be possible that he had heard and believed the preposterous lie about Scarlett and Ashley and become jealous?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • To think you could do such a preposterous thing!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • I could just picture him, at the end of his ten o’clock class, organizing it with the easy authority which always came into his manner when he had an idea which was particularly preposterous.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Ay, to me; She is abused, stol’n from me, and corrupted By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks; For nature so preposterously to err, Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, Sans witchcraft could not.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • His cheek is preposterous, I vow!
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • As she cried "aaouu!" and her still unfastened wristwatch banged against the desk she had the preposterous idea that it was Abe North.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It was preposterous.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ’Oh, my goodness, how polite we are!’ exclaimed Miss Mowcher, making a preposterous attempt to cover her large face with her morsel of a hand.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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