2017年2月13日 星期一

risible, antic, grotesque, at length, ludic, ludicrous


Richard Rutledge
Merce Cunningham in "Antic Meet," with design by Robert Rauschenberg, in 1958. More Photos »


" Look alive ! look alive ! oho ! " and the scavengers 
drew out of the way, the pedestrians sprang back, the 
mud gushed against the coach-windows ; they passed 
dung-carts, cabs, and omnibuses. At length, the iron 
gate of the Jardin des Plantes came into sight. 


In other developments, available phone numbers ran out, forcing the introduction of unpleasant new area codes. “Awesome” went from being a risible word used only by stoners and surfers to an acceptably ubiquitous modifier, the Starbucks of adjectives.


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risible

Pronunciation: /ˈrɪzɪb(ə)l/
adjective

  • provoking laughter through being ludicrous:a risible scene of lovemaking in a tent




Derivatives






risibility


Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun





risibly

adverb

Origin:

mid 16th century (in the sense 'inclined to laughter'): from late Latin risibilis, from Latin ris- 'laughed', from the verb ridere


 ludic
ˈluːdɪk/
adjective
formal
  1. showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness.

ludicrous

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adjective

  • so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing:it’s ludicrous that I have been fined every night he wore a ludicrous outfit




Derivatives

ludicrously
adverb
[as submodifier]:a ludicrously inadequate army





ludicrousness

noun

Origin:

early 17th century (in the sense 'sportive, intended as a jest'): from Latin ludicrus (probably from ludicrum 'stage play') + -ous

antic
n.
  1. A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture; a caper.
  2. Archaic. A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
adj.
Ludicrously odd; fantastic.
[From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old.]
antically an'ti·cal·ly adv.


gro·tesque (grō-tĕsk') pronunciation
adj.
  1. Characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner.
  2. Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance. See synonyms at fantastic.
  3. Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.
n.
  1. One that is grotesque.
    1. A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations.
    2. A work of art executed in this style.
[From French, a fanciful style of decorative art, from Italian grottesca, from feminine of grottesco, of a grotto, from grotta, grotto. See grotto.]
grotesquely gro·tesque'ly adv.
grotesqueness gro·tesque'ness n.




at length
1. In full, extensively. For example, The preacher went on at length about sin, or I have read at length about these cameras. [c. 1500]
2. After a long time, finally, as in At length the procession ended. [Early 1500s] Also see in the long run.

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