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

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  • Ridiculous — Ri*dic u*lous, a. [L. ridiculosus, ridiculus, fr. ridere to laigh. Cf. {Risible}.] 1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or behavior. [1913 Webster] Agricola, discerning that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ridiculous — index fatuous, incredible, inept (inappropriate), irrational, ludicrous, unreasonable, untenable …   Law dictionary

  • ridiculous — *laughable, risible, ludicrous, droll, funny, comic, comical, farcical Analogous words: absurd, preposterous, *foolish, silly: amusing, diverting, entertaining (see AMUSE): *fantastic, grotesque, bizarre, antic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ridiculous — [adj] stupid, funny absurd, antic, bizarre, comic, comical, contemptible, daffy*, derisory, droll, fantastic, farcical, foolheaded*, foolish, gelastic, goofy*, grotesque, harebrained*, hilarious, impossible, incredible, jerky*, laughable,… …   New thesaurus

  • ridiculous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inviting mockery or derision; absurd. DERIVATIVES ridiculously adverb ridiculousness noun. ORIGIN Latin ridiculus laughable , from ridere to laugh …   English terms dictionary

  • ridiculous — [ri dik′yə ləs] adj. [L ridiculosus (< ridiculum: see RIDICULE) or ridiculus] deserving ridicule SYN. ABSURD ridiculously adv. ridiculousness n …   English World dictionary

  • ridiculous — 01. $40? I think it s [ridiculous] to spend that much money for a T shirt. 02. The student told the teacher a [ridiculous] story about his dog eating his homework, but she didn t believe him. 03. The other children [ridiculed] the little boy for… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • ridiculous — adj. 1) ridiculous to + inf. (it s ridiculous to apply for that position) 2) ridiculous that + clause (it s ridiculous that they could not receive visas) * * * [rɪ dɪkjʊləs] ridiculous that + clause (it s ridiculous that they could not receive… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ridiculous — ri|dic|u|lous S2 [rıˈdıkjuləs] adj very silly or unreasonable ▪ That s a ridiculous idea! ▪ Don t be ridiculous! ▪ I d look ridiculous in a dress like that. absolutely/totally/utterly ridiculous ▪ It s an absolutely ridiculous decision. it is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ridiculous — ri|dic|u|lous [ rı dıkjələs ] adjective ** silly or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at: a ridiculous idea There s something you re not telling me. Don t be ridiculous! She looks absolutely ridiculous in that hat. it is ridiculous to do… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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