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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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  • A ludicrously insufficient force was attempting to encircle a larger and better equipped one.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • The same recoil struck her and she ludicrously cocked an eye.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The notion seemed so ludicrously wicked that he laughed involuntarily.

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

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Their anachronisms often ludicrously give the lie to their legendary statements.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • The glance he bent on Scorrier was ludicrously prescient of suffering.

British Dictionary definitions for ludicrously

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 ludicrously

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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