causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable: a ludicrous lack of efficiency.

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

ludicrously, adverb
ludicrousness, noun
unludicrous, adjective
unludicrously, adverb
unludicrousness, noun

farcical. See funny1. Unabridged
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ludicrous (ˈluːdɪkrəs)
absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter
[C17: from Latin lūdicrus done in sport, from lūdus game; related to lūdere to play]

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Word Origin & History

1619, "pertaining to play or sport," from L. ludicrus, from ludicrum "source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play," which, with L. ludus "a game, play," may be from Etruscan, or from a PIE base *leid- "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782.
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Example sentences
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.
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