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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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Examples from the web for ludicrously
  • The argument that the average cost of capital is ludicrously low is also no longer true.
  • In the past only space-based telescopes could manage this trick-and they are ludicrously expensive.
  • Unfortunately, his authority was undermined from the start with a ludicrously short term for his government.
  • Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple.
  • It's amazing to me that anyone with a functioning brain cell takes these ludicrously hypocritical buffoons seriously.
  • The odds were ludicrously bad, the outcome a foregone conclusion.
  • It is stating the ludicrously obvious to point out that a prevailing position was substantially justified.
  • Locally published information on political life is ludicrously limited.
  • Steamship captains with more marketing skill than good judgment sent many to ludicrously isolated areas.
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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