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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web As for how Palestinians resist this occupation, it should surely be discussed, especially after how Israel dealt with the decades of nonviolent resistance, but to cry orphan after killing your parents, as is said, is ludicrous. Sam Bahour, Washington Post, 3 June 2021 While the traceability rule is nearly impossible for some, the sheer haste with which the Narendra Modi government is acting —giving a three-month deadline—is ludicrous, experts believe. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 26 May 2021 The idea is ludicrous, given that Mr. Barr made public almost the full report—complete with its hundreds of pages detailing Mr. Trump’s bad behavior—only three weeks later. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Rather pathetically, the defense that Georgia laws are so much milder than in the Jim Crow era is ludicrous. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The Major incident reminded me of the terrifically ludicrous story of how King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor monarchs, supposedly had his own dogs hung for treason. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 As with all things Chiron, the top-end figures are ludicrous—if not downright felonious—to consider in street-legal contexts. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2021 Once or twice a decade, the industry attempts to conjure his flamboyant, chaotic personality onscreen, with results that have ranged from the marginally plausible to the ludicrous. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2021 This one ranks with the most ludicrous of NCAA rules, which is saying a lot. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Ludicrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ludicrous. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for ludicrous

ludicrous

adjective

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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