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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. incongruous;inviting ridicule;
- Example: "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"
- Example: "that's a cockeyed idea"
- Example: "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"
- Example: "a contribution so small as to be laughable"
- Example: "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"
- Example: "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"
- Example: "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"
[syn: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Derisory \De*ri"so*ry\, a. [L. derisorius: cf. F. d['e]risoire.] Derisive; mocking. --Shaftesbury. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

derisory adj 1: 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]