ludicrous
adjective Etymology: Latin ludicrus, from ludus play, sport; perhaps akin to Greek loidoros abusive Date: 1712 1. amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity 2. meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish Synonyms: see laughableludicrously adverbludicrousness noun

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  • Ludicrous — Lu di*crous, a. [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus play, sport, fr. ludere to play.] 1. Adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt; sportive. Broome. [1913 Webster] A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same ludicrous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ludicrous — I adjective absurd, amusing, asinine, at variance with the facts, barely possible, beyond belief, bizarre, comical, contrary to common sense, contrary to reason, crazy, derisible, doubtable, dubitable, eccentric, fallacious, fantastic,… …   Law dictionary

  • ludicrous — (adj.) 1610s, pertaining to play or sport, from L. ludicrus, from ludicrum a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke, from ludere to play, which, with L. ludus a game, play, perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid to play.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ludicrous — iaughable, risible, ridiculous, comic, comical, farcical, droll, funny Analogous words: absurd, preposterous, *foolish, silly: grotesque, bizarre, antic, *fantastic: amusing, diverting, entertaining (see AMUSE) Contrasted words: lugubrious,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ludicrous — [adj] absurd, ridiculous antic, bizarre, burlesque, comic, comical, crazy, droll, fantastic, farcical, foolish, funny, gelastic, grotesque, incongruous, laughable, nonsensical, odd, outlandish, preposterous, risible, silly, zany; concept 548 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • ludicrous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ absurd; ridiculous. DERIVATIVES ludicrously adverb ludicrousness noun. ORIGIN Latin ludicrus, probably from ludicrum stage play …   English terms dictionary

  • ludicrous — [lo͞o′di krəs] adj. [L ludicrus < ludus, a play, game < IE base * leid , to play, tease > Gr loidorein, to rail at, rebuke] so absurd, ridiculous, or exaggerated as to cause or merit laughter SYN. ABSURD ludicrously adv. ludicrousness n …   English World dictionary

  • ludicrous — adj. 1) ludicrous to + inf. (it s ludicrous to dress like that) 2) ludicrous that + clause (it s ludicrous that we have to show our pass each time) * * * [ luːdɪkrəs] ludicrous that + clause (it s ludicrous that we have to show our pass each… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ludicrous — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem, sound ▪ become ADVERB ▪ absolutely, completely …   Collocations dictionary

  • ludicrous — lu|di|crous [ˈlu:dıkrəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: ludicrus playful , from ludus play ] completely unreasonable, stupid, or wrong = ↑ridiculous ▪ It is ludicrous to suggest that I was driving under the influence of alcohol. ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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