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Origin:mid 16th century (in the sense 'inclined to laughter'): from late Latin risibilis, from Latin ris- 'laughed', from the verb ridere
Pronunciation: /ˈluːdɪkrəs, ˈljuː-/Translate ludicrous | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
Origin:early 17th century (in the sense 'sportive, intended as a jest'): from Latin ludicrus (probably from ludicrum 'stage play') + -ous
- A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture; a caper.
- Archaic. A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
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.
- Characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner.
- Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance. See synonyms at fantastic.
- Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.
- One that is grotesque.
- A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations.
- 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.
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.