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[loo-di-kruh s] /ˈlu dɪ krəs/

causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency.
absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter

1610s, “pertaining to play or sport,” from Latin ludicrus, from ludicrum “a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke,” from ludere “to play,” which, with Latin ludus “a game, play,” perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid- “to play.” Sense of “ridiculous” is attested from 1782. Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.


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