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ludicrous Explained

ludicrous at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


ludicrous at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1619, "pertaining to play or sport," from L. ludicrus, from ludicrum "source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is from 1782. ///

ludicrous at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1600-1700; Language: 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 court granted him the ludicrous sum of [hA124]100 in damages.// --That's a ludicrous idea.// -- ludicrously adv // --a ludicrously inadequate army// -- ludicrousness n [U] //

ludicrous at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

41 Moby Thesaurus words for "ludicrous":
absurd, amusing, antic, beyond belief, bizarre, cockamamie, comic,
comical, crazy, droll, eccentric, extravagant, fantastic, farcical,
foolish, funny, grotesque, high-flown, hilarious, humorous,
incongruous, incredible, laughable, monstrous, nonsensical,
outrageous, outre, poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, quaint,
quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, screaming, silly, weird,
whimsical, wild, witty

ludicrous at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Ridiculousness): ridiculousness, comicalness, oddity, extravagance, farce, comedy, burlesque, ridicule, buffoonery, fun, absurdity, bombast, ludicrousness laughable, grotesque, farcical, odd, whimsical, fanciful, fantastic, eccentric, outlandish, weird, extravagant.

ludicrous at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

ridiculous and unreasonable; that you cannot take seriously:
a ludicrous idea / suggestion / situation * It was ludicrous to think that the plan could succeed. * He is paid a ludicrous amount of money.
ludicrously adverb:
ludicrously expensive
ludicrousness noun [U]

Ludicrous at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Ludicrous \Lu"di*crous\, a. [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus
play, sport, fr. ludere to play.]
Adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt;
sportive. --Broome.

A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same
ludicrous predicament as Van Troil's chapter on the
snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in one
summary sentence, announcing, that snakes in Iceland --
there are none. --De Quincey.

Syn: Laughable; sportive; burlesque; comic; droll;

Usage: {Ludicrous}, {Laughable}, {Ridiculous}. We speak of a
thing as ludicrous when it tends to produce laughter;
as laughable when the impression is somewhat stronger;
as ridiculous when more or less contempt is mingled
with the merriment created. -- {Lu"di*crous*ly}, adv.
-- {Lu"di*crous*ness}, n.

ludicrous at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the
wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green
hair" [syn: {farcical}, {ridiculous}]
2: completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd
excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed
idea"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical
answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it
is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous
attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited
assumption of universal interest in her rather dull
children was ridiculous" [syn: {absurd}, {cockeyed}, {derisory},
{idiotic}, {laughable}, {nonsensical}, {preposterous}, {ridiculous}]

ludicrous at English (WD) Of Explained:

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First attested in 1619. From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » ludicrus|lūdicrus|lang=la, from Inter: term » ludo|lūdō|play|lang=la.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/|/ˈljuː.dɪ.krəs/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/
  • Inter: audio » en-uk-ludicrous.ogg|Audio (UK)
  • Inter: audio » en-us-ludicrous.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • Idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny.
    1. : He made a ludicrous attempt to run for office.


      * Inter: sense » idiotic or unthinkable laughable, ridiculous


      Inter: trans-top » idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny

  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|ridícul
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|älytön, Inter: t+ » fi|absurdi, Inter: t+ » fi|järjetön, Inter: t- » fi|idioottimainen, Inter: t+ » fi|naurettava
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|absurde
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|aberwitzig
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|מגוחך|m|tr=megoḥaḥ
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|nevetséges
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|konyol
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|ridicolo

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|latterlig
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|idiotyczny|m, Inter: t- » pl|niedorzeczny|m, Inter: t+ » pl|absurdalny|m, Inter: t+ » pl|groteskowy|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|нелепый|tr=nelépyj, Inter: t+ » ru|абсурдный|tr=absúrdnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|смехотворный|tr=smexotvórnyj
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|amaideach
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|irrisorio, Inter: t+ » es|absurdo
    • Swedish: löjlig, skrattretande, absurd

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Related terms

    * Inter: sense » idiotic or unthinkable ludicrously, ludicrousness
    Translation: bg » ludicrous
    Translation: de » ludicrous
    Translation: et » ludicrous
    Translation: es » ludicrous
    Translation: fr » ludicrous
    Translation: ko » ludicrous
    Translation: io » ludicrous
    Translation: it » ludicrous
    Translation: kn » ludicrous
    Translation: lt » ludicrous
    Translation: hu » ludicrous
    Translation: mg » ludicrous
    Translation: ml » ludicrous
    Translation: my » ludicrous
    Translation: pl » ludicrous
    Translation: ru » ludicrous
    Translation: fi » ludicrous
    Translation: sv » ludicrous
    Translation: ta » ludicrous
    Translation: te » ludicrous
    Translation: vi » ludicrous
    Translation: zh » ludicrous