lu·di·crous | \ˈlü-də-krəs \

Definition of ludicrous 

1 : amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity

2 : meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish

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Other Words from ludicrous

ludicrously adverb
ludicrousness noun

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laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous, comic, comical mean provoking laughter or mirth. laughable applies to anything occasioning laughter. laughable attempts at skating ludicrous suggests absurdity that excites both laughter and scorn. a thriller with a ludicrous plot ridiculous suggests extreme absurdity, foolishness, or contemptibility. a ridiculous display of anger comic applies especially to what arouses thoughtful amusement. a comic character comical applies to what arouses spontaneous hilarity. a comical hat

Examples of ludicrous in a Sentence

Some of this censorship is trivial, some is ludicrous, and some is breathtaking in its power to dumb down what children learn in school. — Diane Ravitch, The Language Police, 2003 The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners. — Iris Murdoch, The Fire & the Sun, 1977 The girl didn't comment on the steepness, or the brambles, or the fact that it seemed ludicrous to cart furniture through an apparently endless forest. — Anne Tyler, The Clock Winder, 1972 Her teachers complained that instead of doing her sums she covered her slate with animals, the blank pages of her atlas were used to copy maps on, and caricatures of the most ludicrous description came fluttering out of all her books at unlucky moments. — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1868-69 the ludicrous sight of their teacher in a Halloween costume a ludicrous and easily detected attempt to forge his father's signature on a note to school
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Tyrants respond to their early successes not by resting on their laurels but by constantly upping the ante more and more, purging the disloyal, and forcing the loyal to submit to more and more ludicrous positions. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 To the world beyond the borders of the kingdom his driving edict appears ludicrous, a bumbling attempt to provide a false physiological basis to a ban imposed by humans. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018 Yes, the show was chaotic, ludicrous, shocking and bat-dung crazy, but millions of devotees couldn’t resist it. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of April 15-21," 14 Apr. 2018 United's negative approach taken by Jose Mourinho, despite spending well over £300m on new recruits since joining the Manchester club, was 'ludicrous' according to United's former midfield maestro., "Paul Ince Claims Alexis Sanchez Already Regrets Joining Man Utd After 'Ludicrous' UCL Performance," 15 Mar. 2018 If, as reported, the Spurs are asking for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and three first-round draft picks just for what could be a one-year rental, that price is ludicrous. Bob Ford,, "Sixers can trade for Kawhi Leonard? Apparently, LeBron James doesn't think so | Bob Ford," 2 July 2018 A few days later, the notion struck me as ludicrous. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Since the late 80s, the man who releases prank calls as Longmont Potion Castle has created a DIY surrealist universe, complete with a ludicrous nomenclature all its own, disorienting sound collages, and bizarro instrumental interludes. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Stephanie Marlow of Indie Publicity on a brutal band with a soft spot for pitties," 10 July 2018 But the idea that numbers alone will drive good or popular art is ludicrous; Netflix has made plenty of shows that haven’t hit the mark with audiences, like any other network. David Sims, The Atlantic, "AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Make HBO More Like Netflix," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of ludicrous

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ludicrous

Latin ludicrus, from ludus play, sport; perhaps akin to Greek loidoros abusive

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English Language Learners Definition of ludicrous

: very foolish


lu·di·crous | \ˈlü-də-krəs \

Kids Definition of ludicrous

: funny because of being ridiculous : absurd a ludicrous idea

Other Words from ludicrous

ludicrously adverb

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a state of commotion or excitement

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