adjective lu·di·crous \ ˈlü-də-krəs \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

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





Examples of ludicrous in a Sentence

  1. 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 RavitchThe Language Police2003
  2. The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners. —Iris MurdochThe Fire & the Sun1977
  3. 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 TylerThe Clock Winder1972
  4. 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 AlcottLittle Women1868-69
  5. the ludicrous sight of their teacher in a Halloween costume

  6. a ludicrous and easily detected attempt to forge his father's signature on a note to school

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Origin and Etymology of ludicrous

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

LUDICROUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of ludicrous for English Language Learners

  • : very foolish

LUDICROUS Defined for Kids


adjective lu·di·crous \ ˈlü-də-krəs \

Definition of ludicrous for Students

: funny because of being ridiculous : absurd
  • a ludicrous idea



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