ridiculous

[ri-dik-yuh-luhs]
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:
1540–50; < Late Latin rīdiculōsus laughable, droll, and Latin rīdiculus (adj. derivative of rīdiculum ridicule); see -ous

ridiculously, adverb
ridiculousness, ridiculosity [ri-dik-yuh-los-i-tee] , noun
hyperridiculous, adjective
hyperridiculously, adverb
hyperridiculousness, noun
quasi-ridiculous, adjective
quasi-ridiculously, adverb
unridiculous, adjective
unridiculously, adverb
unridiculousness, noun


1. nonsensical, ludicrous, funny, droll, comical, farcical. See absurd.


1. sensible.
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ridiculous (rɪˈdɪkjʊləs)
 
adj
worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
 
[C16: from Latin rīdiculōsus, from rīdēre to laugh]
 
ri'diculously
 
adv
 
ri'diculousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

ridiculous
1540s, from L. ridiculosus "laughable," from ridiculus "that which excites laughter," from ridere "to laugh."
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Idioms & Phrases

ridiculous

see from the ridiculous to the sublime.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
First there's the inherently ridiculous contradiction-the recognition of
  absurdity is often funny.
My step sister used to dry clean her expensive jeans to keep them nicer longer,
  but freezing them is ridiculous.
In the process of shedding the thick gray down from their heads and necks, they
  acquire ridiculous hairdos.
To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your
  understanding.
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