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ridiculous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ridiculous \Ri*dic"u*lous\, adjective [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.

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.

2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [R.]

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

Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd; preposterous. See {Ludicrous}. --- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ly}, adverb -- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ridiculous

adjective

1: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: {pathetic}, {ridiculous}, {silly}]

2: incongruous;inviting ridicule; "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}, {ludicrous}, {nonsensical}, {preposterous}, {ridiculous}]

3: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair" [syn: {farcical}, {ludicrous}, {ridiculous}]

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