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[loo-di-kruh s] /ˈlu dɪ krəs/
causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency.
Origin of ludicrous
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
farcical. See funny1 . Unabridged
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  • I fear that the greenness of our argument will ludicrously contrast with the ripeness of our ages.

    Laws Plato
  • The same recoil struck her and she ludicrously cocked an eye.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Malcolm's doctrine of honesty in horse-dealing was to him ludicrously new.

  • The thing was ludicrously unfinished and he was making an ass of himself.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • The glance he bent on Scorrier was ludicrously prescient of suffering.

  • One of their practices with the dead was ludicrously horrible.

    The Cannibal Islands R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for ludicrously


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 ludicrously



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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