Ridiculous Ri*dic"u*lous, a. [L. ridiculosus, ridiculus, fr. ridere to laigh. Cf. {Risible}.] 1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or behavior. [1913 Webster]

Agricola, discerning that those little targets and unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become ridiculous against the thrust and close, commanded three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to handy strokes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [R.] [1913 Webster]

[It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd; preposterous. See {Ludicrous}. [1913 Webster] --- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ly}, adv. -- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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