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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Ludicrous

LU'DICROUS, adjective [Latin ludicer, from ludo, to sport.]

Sportive; burlesque; adapted to raise laughter, without scorn or contempt. ludicrous differs from ridiculous; the latter implying contempt or derision.

Plutarch quotes this instance of Homer's judgment, in closing a ludicrous scene with decency and instruction.