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ludicrous

[loo-di-kruh s] /ˈlu dɪ krəs/
adjective
1.
causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency.
Origin of ludicrous
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin lūdicrus sportive, equivalent to lūdicr(um) a show, public games (lūdi-, stem of lūdere to play, + -crum noun suffix of instrument or result) + -us -ous
Related forms
ludicrously, adverb
ludicrousness, noun
unludicrous, adjective
unludicrously, adverb
unludicrousness, noun
Synonyms
farcical. See funny1 .
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  • I do not know whether the sight to you would have been pitiful or ludicrous.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "There is a ludicrous side to it which you do not see," he said.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • His surprise would have been ludicrous but for the seriousness of the situation to all concerned.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The way she spoke was ludicrous, but what she said was mostly plain truth.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Stryker turned upon him an expression at once ludicrous, piteous and hateful.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for ludicrous

ludicrous

/ˈluːdɪkrəs/
adjective
1.
absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter
Derived Forms
ludicrously, adverb
ludicrousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūdicrus done in sport, from lūdus game; related to lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for ludicrous
adj.

1610s, "pertaining to play or sport," from Latin ludicrus, from ludicrum "a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play," which, with Latin ludus "a game, play," perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid- "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782. Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.

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