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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’
absurd, preposterous, stupid, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, comical, risible, nonsensical, pointless, senseless, insane, unreasonable, irrational, illogical, outrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, unbelievable, incredible, unthinkablepointless, 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, moroniclaughable, absurd, comical, funny, hilarious, humorous, risible, derisory, droll, amusing, entertaining, diverting, chucklesome, farcical, slapstick, silly, facetious, ludicrous, hysterical, riotous, side-splittingView synonyms
- ‘The ridiculous part is that had he not applied for a grant, he would not have had to apply for permission.’
- ‘The traffic jams are now so ridiculous I wonder why I bother trying to get to work in the first place.’
- ‘Is it just me or are others finding this practice ridiculous and just a little shady?’
- ‘It's ridiculous that such a beautiful landmark should be closed off for so long.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Plans to name a street in a Bradford village after an exotic pink bird have been branded ridiculous.’
- ‘Like all the best comedians, Jethro takes real life and makes it seem ridiculous.’
- ‘I am sick of hearing the ridiculous arguments about civil liberties and tradition.’
- ‘In this day and age you wouldn't expect it to happen once - but three times 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.’
- ‘The increase in costs will result in a doubling of our charges, which is totally ridiculous.’
- ‘Be in no doubt that we appreciate how ridiculous this whole episode must look.’
- ‘The council says that the law does not allow it to play such a role, which is ridiculous.’
- ‘Just as he has the right to ask for a ridiculous rent increase, you have the right to fight it.’
- ‘Why are we not aware of the ridiculous amounts spent on such white elephants?’
- ‘It is extraordinary the number of people who say to me it is ridiculous that players should be paid so much.’
- ‘The discussion about everything else we should be blaming and banning is just ridiculous.’
- ‘The idea that smokers take more paid breaks than non-smokers at work is ridiculous.’
- ‘We thought it was ridiculous that someone so young who had just come out of basic training was sent there.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin ridiculosus, from ridiculus laughable (see ridicule).
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