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

  Ridiculous \Ri*dic"u*lous\, a. [L. ridiculosus, ridiculus, fr.
     ridere to laigh. Cf. Risible.]
     1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy
        of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or
        behavior.
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              Agricola, discerning that those little targets and
              unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become
              ridiculous against the thrust and close, commanded
              three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to
              handy strokes.                        --Milton.
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     2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [R.]
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              [It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak.
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     Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd;
          preposterous. See Ludicrous.
          [1913 Webster] --- Ri*dic"u*lous*ly, adv. --
          Ri*dic"u*lous*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ridiculous
      adj 1: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and
             unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on
             in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: pathetic,
             ridiculous, silly]
      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]
      3: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the
         wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair"
         [syn: farcical, ludicrous, ridiculous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "ridiculous":
     a bit thick, a bit thin, absurd, amusing, antic, barred,
     beyond belief, bizarre, closed-out, cockamamie, comic, comical,
     contrary to reason, crazy, doubtable, doubtful, droll, dubious,
     dubitable, eccentric, excluded, extravagant, fantastic, farcical,
     foolish, funny, grotesque, hard of belief, hard to believe,
     high-flown, hilarious, hopeless, humorous, implausible, impossible,
     improper, inane, inconceivable, incongruous, incredible, indecent,
     indelicate, insane, laughable, logically impossible, ludicrous,
     malodorous, mirthful, monstrous, nonsensical, not deserving belief,
     not possible, open to doubt, open to suspicion, outlandish,
     outrageous, outre, oxymoronic, paradoxical, passing belief,
     poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, problematic, prohibited,
     quaint, queer, questionable, quizzical, rich, risible, rough,
     ruled-out, screaming, self-contradictory, silly, staggering belief,
     stupid, suspect, suspicious, tall, thick, thin, unbecoming,
     unbelievable, unconvincing, undecorous, unearthly, ungodly,
     unimaginable, unseemly, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, weird,
     whimsical, wild, witty, zany
  
  

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