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ridiculous Syllabification: ri·dic·u·lous
Pronunciation: /rəˈdikyələs/

Definition of ridiculous in English:


Deserving or inviting derision or mockery; absurd: when you realize how ridiculous these scenarios are, you will have to laugh
More example sentences
  • Just as he has the right to ask for a ridiculous rent increase, you have the right to fight it.
  • The discussion about everything else we should be blaming and banning is just ridiculous.
  • Why are we not aware of the ridiculous amounts spent on such white elephants?


Mid 16th century: from Latin ridiculosus, from ridiculus 'laughable' (see ridicule).

  • This comes from Latin ridiculus ‘laughable’, from ridere ‘to laugh’. Ridicule dates from the late 17th century. Derision (Late Middle English) and its later relatives such as deride (mid 16th century) come from the same root.

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