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ridiculous

[ri-dik-yuh-luh s] /rɪˈdɪk yə ləs/
adjective
1.
causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable:
a ridiculous plan.
2.
Slang. absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.:
The concert was ridiculous, their best performance ever!
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin rīdiculōsus laughable, droll, and Latin rīdiculus (adj. derivative of rīdiculum ridicule); see -ous
Related forms
ridiculously, adverb
ridiculousness, ridiculosity
[ri-dik-yuh-los-i-tee] /rɪˌdɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
hyperridiculous, adjective
hyperridiculously, adverb
hyperridiculousness, noun
quasi-ridiculous, adjective
quasi-ridiculously, adverb
unridiculous, adjective
unridiculously, adverb
unridiculousness, noun
Synonyms
1. nonsensical, ludicrous, funny, droll, comical, farcical. See absurd.
Antonyms
1. sensible.
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British Dictionary definitions for ridiculosity

ridiculous

/rɪˈdɪkjʊləs/
adjective
1.
worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
Derived Forms
ridiculously, adverb
ridiculousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rīdiculōsus, from rīdēre to laugh
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Word Origin and History for ridiculosity

ridiculous

adj.

1540s, ridyculouse, from Latin ridiculosus "laughable," from ridiculus "that which excites laughter," from ridere "to laugh." Shakespeare and other 17c. writers sometimes spelled it rediculous. Slang extensions to "outrageous" (1839); "excellent" (1959, jazz slang). Related: Ridiculously; ridiculousness.

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