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Deserving or inviting derision or mockery; absurd.‘that ridiculous tartan cap’‘it seems absolutely ridiculous that anyone would try to pull a stunt like this’
laughable, absurd, comical, funny, hilarious, humorous, risible, derisory, droll, amusing, entertaining, diverting, chucklesome, farcical, slapstick, silly, facetious, ludicrous, hysterical, riotous, side-splittingpointless, senseless, silly, foolish, foolhardy, stupid, inane, nonsensical, fatuous, childish, puerile, half-baked, hare-brained, scatterbrained, feather-brained, ill-thought-out, ill-conceived, crackpot, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless, vacuous, asinine, moronicabsurd, preposterous, stupid, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, comical, risible, nonsensical, pointless, senseless, insane, unreasonable, irrational, illogical, outrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, unbelievable, incredible, unthinkableView synonyms
- ‘Plans to name a street in a Bradford village after an exotic pink bird have been branded ridiculous.’
- ‘We thought it was ridiculous that someone so young who had just come out of basic training was sent there.’
- ‘Is it just me or are others finding this practice ridiculous and just a little shady?’
- ‘Be in no doubt that we appreciate how ridiculous this whole episode must look.’
- ‘The ridiculous part is that had he not applied for a grant, he would not have had to apply for permission.’
- ‘Like all the best comedians, Jethro takes real life and makes it seem ridiculous.’
- ‘They try to step into their old shoes and into their old clothes, and they look faintly ridiculous.’
- ‘It is ridiculous to demand that we should give asylum to those who plot the destruction of our society.’
- ‘The increase in costs will result in a doubling of our charges, which is totally ridiculous.’
- ‘It is extraordinary the number of people who say to me it is ridiculous that players should be paid so much.’
- ‘The council says that the law does not allow it to play such a role, which is ridiculous.’
- ‘I told her that one of my best friends at the time had a crush on her and she just laughed and thought it was ridiculous.’
- ‘It's ridiculous that such a beautiful landmark should be closed off for so long.’
- ‘The traffic jams are now so ridiculous I wonder why I bother trying to get to work in the first place.’
- ‘The idea that smokers take more paid breaks than non-smokers at work is ridiculous.’
- ‘I am sick of hearing the ridiculous arguments about civil liberties and tradition.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Just as he has the right to ask for a ridiculous rent increase, you have the right to fight it.’
- ‘In this day and age you wouldn't expect it to happen once - but three times is ridiculous.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin ridiculosus, from ridiculus ‘laughable’ (see ridicule).
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