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 Much of the physical action is ludicrous, or gratuitous; some of the heroes’ emotional baggage is excess. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Bad Boys for Life’ Review: Coming of Age," 16 Jan. 2020 The idea that winning Iowa is a necessary first step in securing the nomination of either of our major parties (and thus in becoming president) is ludicrous. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The case for a single-day national primary," 13 Jan. 2020 The idea of an Aston Martin sport-utility vehicle might have seemed almost ludicrous when the British brand was sold off by Ford in March 2007 to British racing mogul David Richards and two Kuwaiti companies, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment. NBC News, "Aston Martin's new $189,000 SUV could make or break this famous British brand," 20 Nov. 2019 The deal, negotiated by Secretary of State William Seward, was thought so ludicrous it was dubbed Seward's Folly. Harry Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Best Experience Alaska’s Burgeoning Local Food Movement, Go in Winter," 20 Dec. 2019 Cory Booker is serious, and Marianne Williamson ludicrous. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Tom Perez’s Preposterous Debate Rules," 19 Dec. 2019 But the prize for the most ludicrous speech on his behalf perhaps went to Congressman Barry Loudermilk, of Georgia, who reached into the New Testament for inspiration. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Republicans’ Abject Submission to Trump at the House Impeachment Vote," 19 Dec. 2019 But the response has not been unanimously positive: Some Vatican experts find the thought of a friendship between Benedict and Francis ludicrous. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Making of 'The Two Popes': Director Fernando Meirelles Cast Francis After Google Search," 16 Dec. 2019 Some games entice you into playing them with loud marketing campaigns, sexualized cover art, or the promise of ludicrous over-the-top violence. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How Oddworld solved its narrative problems with mind control," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ludicrous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ludicrously. Accessed 22 January 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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