ludicrous

adjective
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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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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The first known use of ludicrous was in 1712

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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ludicrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ludicrous. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for ludicrous

ludicrous

adjective
How to pronounce ludicrous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ludicrous

: very foolish

ludicrous

adjective
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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