• WordNet 3.6
    • n ridiculousness a message whose content is at variance with reason
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  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • n ridiculousness The character of being ridiculous, laughable, or absurd.
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”
  • Voltaire
    “Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.”
  • Voltaire
    “In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”


From the sublime to the ridiculous - If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.


In literature:

The Ridiculous only, as I have before said, falls within my province in the present work.
"Joseph Andrews Vol. 1" by Henry Fielding
They did not know the ridiculous good-form they cultivated was out of date.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
Pouring ridicule on one's opponent is an approved method in civilised politics.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
He ridicules their morals and their offices as severely as he points out their impotency to bestow happiness.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
They have been violent, desperate, frequently ridiculous, but always sincere and unselfish.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Its special aim was to ridicule the humors of the city.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
It was ridiculous to say that men would be bound by their interest, when gain or ardent passion urged them.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Justice gave place generally to ridicule or sarcasm.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
He attacked the popular mythology with open ridicule.
"A History of Freedom of Thought" by John Bagnell Bury
Is a speaking fashion; he hath taken pains to be ridiculous, and hath seen more than he hath perceived.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
He could comfort himself with the reflection that he was superior, if ridiculous.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White
It is after this Manner that I shall consider Laughter and Ridicule in my present Paper.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
We don't want to make ourselves ridiculous in court, you know.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
She would shield him from ridicule!
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
Of course, I think your notion's ridiculous.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
Then suddenly he saw the ridiculous side of the situation.
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
He felt himself ridiculous and wanted to leave the wastrel, but somehow could not.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
To her I must have appeared a very ridiculous person.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Then I understood how human their curiosity was, and how ridiculous my irritability.
"In the Foreign Legion" by Erwin Rosen
I think it's ridiculous, that's all about it!
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski

In poetry:

And he turned a little paler
When there came a sudden squall;
For this funny little sailor
Was ridiculously small.
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
Should you employ your Ridicule,
On those who Pity claim?
Think, Birtha, is the native Fool
For Wit a proper Theme?
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber
His views of heaven were very free;
His views of life were painfully
Ridiculous; but fervently
He dwelt on marriage sanctity.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
I pip'd to thee, thou didst not like the sport —
I wept full sore, and yet thou didst not mourn —
Means, (fair and foul) I tried of ev'ry sort,
Yet thou didst nought but ridicule return.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
When you go underground with all your airs,
Your kindly lies and your ridiculous prayers,
You shall not ever fear to face again
The strong man's rage, the woman wild with pain
Nor song nor sigh will beat upon your brain.
"Song for a Singer" by John Shaw Neilson
He published his girl's bottom in staid pages
of an old weekly. Where will next his rages
ridiculous Henry land?
Tranquil & chaste, de-hammocked, he descended—
upon which note the fable should have ended—
towards the ground, and
"Dream Song 122: He published his girl's bottom in staid pages" by John Berryman

In news:

One way to blow through a ridiculous amount of money is by getting sick.
In Daily Intel's 24 Absurd-o-Meter, we each week count down the most incredibly ridiculous (ridiculously incredible?
We're carrying your bag full of ridicule to the ESPN.com Page 2 Power Rankings.
I have heard of people being addicted to chocolate but this is ridiculous.
My last article featured a "Bluff the Reader" challenge to find which of three seemingly ridiculous scientific efforts was, in fact, under way in response to climate change.
Texas convention says everything should be ridiculously big.
Julien called Hunter's comments "ridiculous" and "ludicrous.
"I understand rate increases," Hicks says, "but this is ridiculous.
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH I realize it's ridiculous, but I can't help worrying about it.
A costumed chihuahua parade on Cinco de Mayo is ridiculous - you'll get no argument here on that point.
New listeners to The Free Beer and Hot Wings show would probably think that an eight-year old girl would be exempt from ridicule.
Coco is ridiculous and, darn it, I just like the show.
Sir Elton John is urging music fans not to "ridicule" rappers, insisting stars such as Kanye West and Eminem are "a phenomenon".
"The Dark Knight Rises," which could be seen as a giant disappointment if it's not ridiculously awesome.
Wiz Khalifa on ' Ridiculousness '.

In science:

As we started from the assumption that W is the environment with which S is interacting, it is ridiculous to talk of a measurement on the environment.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
Now we know that long-duration GRBs are cosmological, originate in galaxies, are associated with supernovae (SNe) and have energies that would be ridiculously large for a stellar spherical explosion (a fireball).
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
There simply is no Bell Local theory that is in agreement with experiment, so it is ridiculous to reject any one particular theory (which does agree with experiment!) merely on the grounds that it violates Bell Locality.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
This means that the minimum required outer belt mass to replenish the exozodi at ∼ 10−6 M ⊕ /yr, shown in Fig. 13, are ridiculously high.
Scattering of small bodies by planets: a potential origin for exozodiacal dust ?
In the theory of large chaotic systems there are quantities that are so ridiculously hard to keep track of that we are inclined to think of them as completely meaningless.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
Parmenides’ views were ridiculed by contemporaries (and not only).
Zeno meets modern science
Though it seems to be a very ridiculous choice (for example, it can not be positive everywhere), but as we shall see it lead to a welldefined noise for x.
SLE with Jumps and Conformal Null Vectors
In any case, the apparent observation of vacuum energy that is ridiculously small from a microphysical perspective, but importantly large from a cosmological perspective, certainly encourages explanation based on selection.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
The ultimate result is a ridiculous maximum a posteriori solution of 57 bins.
Optimal Data-Based Binning for Histograms
This is far from an exaggeration but seems ridiculous when it is considered that GR itself was a completely new and alternative way of explaining gravity on its publication.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
In his famous review of the book , Martin Gardner ridiculed the FAP by quoting the last two sentences of the book, which he characterized as representing the Completely Ridiculous Anthropic Principle (CRAP).
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
Fox’s articles. To conclude let us emphasize that the Random-citing model is used not to ridicule the scientists, but because it can be exactly solved using available mathematical methods, while yielding a better match with data than any existing model.
Theory of citing
Yet in 1970’s, when I was starting my studies of QGP and of hydrodynamics of high energy collisions, most theorists were telling me those have no chance, being ridiculously simplistic and incompatible with quantum field theories.
Toward the AdS/CFT dual of the "Little Bang"
Unfortunately, since our ability to dream far outstrips our ability to build, the establishment of tests of ridiculous difficulty is not difficult to imagine.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The problem with the exceptional algebras is that if one attempts to use the same ansatz then the construction will work but the charge of the monopoles will be ridiculously high.
BPS Monopoles