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Meaning of RIDICULOUS

Pronunciation:  ri'dikyulus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
  2. [adj]  broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair"
  3. [adj]  completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"
 

RIDICULOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: absurd, derisory, farcical, foolish, humorous, humourous, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, pathetic, preposterous, silly, undignified
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

         Agricola, discerning that those little targets and
         unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become
         ridiculous against the thrust and close, commanded
         three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to
         handy strokes.                        --Milton.

2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [r.]

         [It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak.

Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd;
     preposterous. See {Ludicrous}. --- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ly},
     adv. -- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ness}, n.

 

 

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