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ludicrous Line breaks: ludi|crous
Pronunciation: /ˈl(j)uːdɪkrəs/

Definition of ludicrous in English:


So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing: it’s ludicrous that I have been fined every night he wore a ludicrous outfit
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  • The idea that a pit crew can win a race, irrespective of the ability of the driver, is ludicrous.
  • What a shame about the ludicrous fake tans which gave them the appearance of well-ripened oranges.
  • That's the whole problem with this ludicrous measure: it is grossly asymmetrical.



Pronunciation: /ˈl(j)uːdɪkrəsli/
[as submodifier]: a ludicrously inadequate army
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  • Does anyone want to buy this complete set-up for a ludicrously small amount?
  • By the time we reached London we had become raucously and ludicrously Scottish, hitting the streets like an army of invading aliens.
  • For the ludicrously busy businessperson, I can't think of a better way to manage stress than to work this into your regimen.


Example sentences
  • Confronted with the sheer ludicrousness and futility of the whole system, we just don't know what to do.
  • I'm not sure whether the joke itself (the ludicrousness of '80s television) is a little thin, or whether I'm the wrong age to find the parody new and/or exciting.
  • The ludicrousness of this assertion gives new life to the old line about some things being so preposterous it takes an educated person to believe them.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'sportive, intended as a jest'): from Latin ludicrus (probably from ludicrum 'stage play') + -ous.

  • The early sense of ludicrous was ‘sportive, intended as a jest’: it is based on Latin ludicrus, probably from ludicrum ‘stage play’.

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