lu·​di·​crous | \ ˈlü-də-krəs How to pronounce ludicrous (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for ludicrous

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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The ludicrous tweet piqued interest online and was followed by gamely discussions in the professional fighting realms of UFC and MMA. Nardine Saad,, "Justin Bieber was kidding: He doesn’t want to fight Tom Cruise," 12 June 2019 The notion the state can’t afford free tuition is ludicrous. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: How California can become a tuition-free college state," 11 June 2019 Yet with inputs this lopsided, for festivals and music schools to aim for perfect gender parity within a tight time frame is ludicrous. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 Then the most ludicrous thing happens—Burnham and Saru start pleading with the species in English. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Last Night's 'Star Trek Discovery' Was a Maze of Confusion," 6 Nov. 2017 Besides, the idea of Brees making any type of game-changing mistake was ludicrous. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 Thinking otherwise is ludicrous and the definition of living in a fantasy, isolated from the changing ways of the world. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "9 Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brands to Support Instead of Victoria's Secret," 14 Nov. 2018 Check out just a few of the unfair criticisms for yourself, below: The fact people are policing Markle's hand placement is ludicrous, to say the least. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Being Mommy-Shamed and She Hasn't Even Given Birth Yet," 12 Dec. 2018 What transpires is ludicrous, if gripping in a pulpy sort of way (a fearsome terrorist inmate is actually a supernatural demon bent on exposing the venality of the authoritarian state). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV International Thrillers Should You Binge?," 30 Aug. 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 How to pronounce ludicrous (audio) \

Kids Definition of ludicrous

: funny because of being ridiculous : absurd a ludicrous idea

Other Words from ludicrous

ludicrously adverb

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