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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Through the haze of running time and of occasional turns toward the ludicrous — Sepideh Moafi plays a law-enforcement officer whose flirty, charged relationship with Jimmy feels like wish-fulfillment — Egerton finds his way through. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 July 2022 There were also other memorable, ludicrous and surreal storylines. Scott Bryan, Variety, 22 June 2022 Just like Fukuyama’s early work, Rawls’s lofty, universalist ideas were bolstered by the United States’ fortunes and would have been ludicrous without them. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 As an actress now well-known for zingy one-liners and expansive anecdotes, Gilpin thrives on throwing herself under fire, criticizing both her laugh lines and the ludicrous frivolity of being an actor in a suffering universe. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 15 June 2022 Instead, the committee highlighted the ludicrous culture inside the Oval Office and underscored the absurdity of the Big Lie. Lorraine Alitelevision Critic, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Under most circumstances, researchers would need to subject an object to ludicrous accelerations—upward of 25 quintillion times the force of Earth’s gravity—in order to produce a measurable emission. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 20 May 2022 The film has become infamous for its ludicrous language, sumptuous furnishings, and over the top acting with a capital A. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 In Putin World, investments are seized on ludicrous charges or looted by cabals of judges, police and tax authorities. Alexandra Wrage, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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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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