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ludicrous adj
1 broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair" [syn: farcical, ridiculous]
2 completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "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" [syn: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]

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First attested in 1619. From etyl la ludicrus < ludo.


  • a RP /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/|/ˈljuː.dɪ.krəs/, /"
  • a US /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/


  1. Idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny.
    He made a ludicrous attempt to run for office.


idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny

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