Ludicrous and Ridiculous

Ludicrous

Ludicrous may refer to:

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}]

41 Moby Thesaurus words for "ludicrous": absurd, amusing, antic, beyond belief, bizarre, cockamamie, comic, comical, crazy, droll, eccentric, extravagant, fantastic, farcical, foolish, funny, grotesque, high-flown, hilarious, humorous, incongruous, incredible, laughable, monstrous, nonsensical, outrageous, outre, poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, quaint, quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, screaming, silly, weird, whimsical, wild, witty

Ludicrous \Lu"di*crous\, a. [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus play, sport, fr. ludere to play.] 1. Adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt; sportive. --Broome. [1913 Webster] A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same ludicrous predicament as Van Troil's chapter on the snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in one summary sentence, announcing, that snakes in Iceland -- there are none. --De Quincey. 2. Ridiculously absurd. [PJC] Syn: Laughable; sportive; burlesque; comic; droll; ridiculous. Usage: {Ludicrous}, {Laughable}, {Ridiculous}. We speak of a thing as ludicrous when it tends to produce laughter; as laughable when the impression is somewhat stronger; as ridiculous when more or less contempt is mingled with the merriment created. -- {Lu"di*crous*ly}, adv. -- {Lu"di*crous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

Ridiculous

The ridiculous is that which is highly incongruous or inferior, sometimes deliberately so to make people laugh or get their attention, and sometimes unintended so as to be considered laughable and earn or provoke ridicule and derision.

ridiculous adj 1: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: {pathetic}, {silly}] 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}, {ludicrous}, {nonsensical}, {preposterous}] 3: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair" [syn: {farcical}, {ludicrous}]

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "ridiculous": a bit thick, a bit thin, absurd, amusing, antic, barred, beyond belief, bizarre, closed-out, cockamamie, comic, comical, contrary to reason, crazy, doubtable, doubtful, droll, dubious, dubitable, eccentric, excluded, extravagant, fantastic, farcical, foolish, funny, grotesque, hard of belief, hard to believe, high-flown, hilarious, hopeless, humorous, implausible, impossible, improper, inane, inconceivable, incongruous, incredible, indecent, indelicate, insane, laughable, logically impossible, ludicrous, malodorous, mirthful, monstrous, nonsensical, not deserving belief, not possible, open to doubt, open to suspicion, outlandish, outrageous, outre, oxymoronic, paradoxical, passing belief, poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, problematic, prohibited, quaint, queer, questionable, quizzical, rich, risible, rough, ruled-out, screaming, self-contradictory, silly, staggering belief, stupid, suspect, suspicious, tall, thick, thin, unbecoming, unbelievable, unconvincing, undecorous, unearthly, ungodly, unimaginable, unseemly, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, weird, whimsical, wild, witty, zany

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 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [R.] [1913 Webster] [It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd; preposterous. See {Ludicrous}. [1913 Webster] --- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ly}, adv. -- {Ri*dic"u*lous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • ludicrous: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ludicrous: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ludicrous: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ridiculous: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ridiculous: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ridiculous: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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