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 for ludicrous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ludicrous \Lu"di*crous\, a. [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus
     play, sport, fr. ludere to play.]
     1. Adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt;
        sportive. --Broome.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same
              ludicrous predicament as Van Troil's chapter on the
              snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in
              one summary sentence, announcing, that snakes in
              Iceland -- there are none.            --De Quincey.
  
     2. Ridiculously absurd.
        [PJC]
  
     Syn: Laughable; sportive; burlesque; comic; droll;
          ridiculous.
  
     Usage: Ludicrous, Laughable, Ridiculous. We speak of a
            thing as ludicrous when it tends to produce laughter;
            as laughable when the impression is somewhat stronger;
            as ridiculous when more or less contempt is mingled
            with the merriment created. -- Lu"di*crous*ly, adv.
            -- Lu"di*crous*ness, n.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ludicrous
      adj 1: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the
             wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green
             hair" [syn: farcical, ludicrous, ridiculous]
      2: incongruous;inviting ridicule; "the absurd excuse that the
         dog ate his homework"; "that's a cockeyed idea"; "ask a
         nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a
         contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous
         to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn
         back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of
         universal interest in her rather dull children was
         ridiculous" [syn: absurd, cockeyed, derisory,
         idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical,
         preposterous, ridiculous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "ludicrous":
     absurd, amusing, antic, beyond belief, bizarre, cockamamie, comic,
     comical, crazy, droll, eccentric, extravagant, fantastic, farcical,
     foolish, funny, grotesque, high-flown, hilarious, humorous,
     incongruous, incredible, laughable, monstrous, nonsensical,
     outrageous, outre, poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, quaint,
     quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, screaming, silly, weird,
     whimsical, wild, witty
  
  

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